Reports that started flying early this morning about search warrants being served throughout the region were confirmed this afternoon when the FBI and Seattle Police Department announced the arrest of 24 people as part of a two-year investigation into a massive oxycodone dealing operation that allegedly stretched from northern California to Seattle. The investigation was conducted by the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force.
According to the Associated Press report:
The U.S. attorney's office says the ring was led by 43-year-old Herman J. Roche (roh-SHAY') of Kent. He's one of 18 people indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substance. Six others were arrested for alleged roles in the ring. The accused include two people from Oakland and Stockton, Calif.
Officials said the ring made frequent trips to California to bring back 2,000-to-5,000 pills at a time.
"Prescription drug abuse is a growing threat in our community, with terrible consequences," Durkan said in a statement distributed to the media. "This drug ring was feeding addiction with thousands of pills trafficked from California. They lined their pockets by destroying the lives and families of so many in our community."