According to the King County Sheriff's Office, an 8-month investigation led to the arrest of eight people Wednesday (seven of them family members), not to mention the seizure of a crapload of guns, drugs and money.
Initiated in April, the investigation centered on an alleged narcotics dealer from the Burien area who authorities say has a reputation for dealing high-end cocaine and heroin. In total five firearms were seized, which investigators say appeared to be headed for Mexico because they were wrapped in dryer sheets and tin foil.
In serving search warrants Wednesday, the aforementioned eight people were taken into custody, and six children were placed into the custody of CPS.
According to the King County Sheriff's Office:
Detectives spent months conducting surveillance on the suspect's residence and other locations they learned were connected to the operation. On Wednesday the King County Sheriff's Office served search warrants on six locations including a residence in the 1600 blk of SW116 St. in Burien and a residence in the 1200 blk of SW107th St. The other locations included a residence and storage unit in Renton, and a house in Federal Way.
Here's the list of items seized, courtesy of the King County Sheriff's Office:
1.25 pound of cocaine with a street value of $22,000
6 ounces of heroin with a street value of $2,000
$65,371 in US Currency
5 firearms all of which appeared to be packaged for transport into Mexico
5 vehicles valued at $60,000
"We believe the ammo that we found was packaged to ship to Mexico. It had been wrapped in multiple layers of tin foil and dryer sheets (like Bounce) and multiple layers of cellophane," says an unnamed lead investigator in the case via comments distributed by the King County Sheriff's Office. "[Criminals] do this because they think the dryer sheets will throw off the dogs and the tin foil will beat an X-ray machine."
It seems anyone expecting guns for Christmas in Mexico may be disappointed this year.
For the gawkers out there, here's a look at some of the (creatively displayed) seized items: