FOLLOWUP: More Details Released on Family-Run Drug Ring Bust in Area
An 8-month investigation conducted by the King County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure of narcotics, guns, money and the arrest of eight people – seven of whom were family members – for trafficking narcotics in the White Center/Burien area (read our previous coverage here).
The investigation started in April when detectives learned about a narcotics dealer that had the reputation of selling high-quality cocaine and heroin in the area. Detectives learned that the suspect had been sought by investigators before for dealing narcotics but would shut down his operation when he suspected police were closing in.
Detectives spent months conducting surveillance on the suspect’s residence and other locations they learned were connected to the operation. On Tuesday (Dec. 18), the King County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants on six locations including a residence in the 1600 block of SW 116 Street in Burien and a residence in the 1200 block of SW 107th Street in White Center. The other locations included a residence and storage unit in Renton, along with a house in Federal Way.
Eight adults, seven of them family members, were arrested in the raids and 6 children were placed in CPS custody.
In total items seized were:
- 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