Lynnwood man one of 15 arrested in drug trafficking investigation

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A man from Lynnwood was one of 15 arrested Wednesday in a long-term investigation of drug trafficking by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Law enforcement agencies served search warrants at eight locations and searched more than a dozen vehicles, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced in a statement. At locations in Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn, Fife, Renton, Bonney Lake and Tumwater, officers and agents seized more than a dozen weapons, 11 pounds of heroin and more than $40,000 in cash.

”I commend the strong partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement that led to charges against twenty defendants responsible for pumping the misery of methamphetamine into south King County and beyond,” said Hayes. “Working together we were able to use federal tools such as wiretaps to unmask those behind the drug crimes that have plagued many of our suburban neighborhoods and communities.”

The Lynnwood defendant is 59-year-old Arthur Alonzo Jefferson. Fourteen others were arrested Wednesday and the search for six additional defendants is ongoing.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.  This investigation was conducted by DEA Tacoma, the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), and the Puyallup Police Department, with significant assistance from Bonney Lake, Auburn and Kent Police Departments.   The investigation was supported by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, deputies from the United States Marshal’s Service, and analysts from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and National Guard.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marci L. Ellsworth and C. Andrew Colasurdo.

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