Thursday, January 15, 2009

16 arrested in Skagit County drug bust


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - After a year-long investigation involving wire taps and undercover informants, a major drug bust has taken place in the Mt. Vernon area.

The round-up was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Skagit County Drug Task Force, the Skagit County Sheriff's Department and other agencies.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Emily Langley, has confirmed the bust and tells KING 5 16 people have been arrested so far and that the drug being confiscated is Mexican cocaine. At least one of the defendants is a juvenile.

"The drug ring allegedly smuggled 5 to 10 kilos of cocaine per month into the United States from Mexico and distributed it in Skagit County. The ring also allegedly smuggled pound quantities of heroin," Langley said.

In addition to confiscating cocaine and heroin today, agents seized $23,000 in cash, seven vehicles and two firearms.

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