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Liquid meth: Feds seize drugs, guns & cash in major bust in Pierce, King counties


(Photo provided by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

SPANAWAY — People in one quiet Spanaway neighborhood had no idea that a sophisticated drug ring was operating out of a house on 198th Street East until the bust happened early Monday morning.

“We heard cops say, ‘Get down on the ground!’ And went and looked outside and there was probably about 15 SWAT guys pointing guns two houses down,” neighbor Rich Renteria said Tuesday.

Investigators say the crew arrested was smuggling meth and black tar heroin in from out of state and selling it on the streets of Western Washington.

“This is a very significant bust.  This organization is moving multiple pounds of meth, which is a highly addictive drug, here in the Pacific Northwest. What they were doing was transporting, smuggling the drugs up in liquid form, allowing it to evaporate, taking the crystalized methamphetamine and then washing it out with acetone so they can sell it on the street,” DEA Special Agent Douglas James said.

The feds raided a total of 15 separate locations in Spanaway, Tacoma, Lakewood, Milton, Graham, Puyallup and Kent.

During the course of the investigation agents seized:

* 66 lbs. crystal meth

* 2 gallons liquid meth

*  2.5 lbs. black tar heroin

* 25 vehicles

* 7 firearms

* $ 300, 000 cash.

Neighbors are still shocked that there was no indication anything illegal was happening.

“I didn’t know anything was going on next door. I just see a couple of guys, but that was it,” neighbor Milvilin said.

James said other drug organizations in Washington are now on notice.

“We want to let the criminal organizations out there know that your days are numbered.  We’re going to use all of our investigative resources at our disposal to identify you and come after you,” James said.

The DEA says the crystal meth they seized had a street value of more than $2.5 million.


7 Comments to “Liquid meth: Feds seize drugs, guns & cash in major bust in Pierce, King counties”

    Laura said:
    February 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    The house next door to me might possibly be one of those locations, I wasn't home when it happened, but apparently the DEA surrounded the house all ninja-like, and there was a 40 minute standoff before they came out peacefully, from what I understand. Not a huge surprise, since questionable things had been going on there for a year and a half.

    esco said:
    February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Devastating find. Is the going up worth the coming down?

    February 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    im glad to see this, i just cant stand meff heads.

    The World is Ending said:
    February 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    The scary thing is it looks like it could be some kind of candy, if a child were to find it things could get real bad real fast, because kids are lighting fast and even if parents were present the kid could take a taste before anyone could do anything.

    tj said:
    February 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    …fck the dea and the secret service… spokane boomers strike again

    Dametrius said:
    March 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Wow…. That is crazy because I just moved from that house. I lived there not even a year ago.

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