SPOKANE- In partnership with federal and state agencies, Grant County law enforcement participated in large-scale action targeting a criminal conspiracy distributing methamphetamine in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Hundreds of officials executed Federal search warrants in Spokane, Moses Lake, Mattawa and North Idaho, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The search warrants resulted in 20 arrests, the seizure of 75 firearms and approximately eight pounds of meth
“This enforcement action stems from a Federal Indictment that was handed down in the Eastern District of Washington in December, 2017,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in the press release. “The Indictment charges numerous individuals with a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from on or about September, 2016 through December, 2017.”
Agencies participating in the enforcement operation were Drug Enforcement Administration – Spokane District Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Border Patrol; Spokane Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; United States Marshal Service; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force; and Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Local agencies included the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), which had partnered with Federal agents from the beginning; the Grant County Sheriff’s Office; Moses Lake Police Department; Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team (TRT); and the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT Team.
“Partnerships between local and Federal agencies are paramount to the success of major investigations such as this one,” said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. “Continued cooperation and teamwork is the foundation for future crime-fighting operations.”
James A. Goeke and David Herzog, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington, are prosecuting this case.