Grant County Narcotics Team makes record drug bust totaling $1.2M

Traffic stop leads to heroin and meth busts amounting to $1.2M in drugs

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MOSES LAKE – In response to a traffic stop made on Oct. 5, 2016 by the Moses Lake Police Department, a suspect was found with nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. A subsequent Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) investigation later led to an additional seven warrants served.

Those drug busts netted 25 more pounds of methamphetamine, seven pounds of heroin, and 40 pounds of processed marijuana with a combined street value of $1.2 million

“This is huge. In fact, it’s the largest drug seizure in the history of INET,” Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said.

Arrested during this series of investigations was Maria Chavez Diaz, age 27, of Moses Lake. The suspect arrested on Oct. 5, that led to these subsequent investigations, was José Miranda, who is now in Federal custody on drug charges.

The warrants were served on homes and storage units throughout Grant County. Also recovered were nine guns (two of them stolen), ballistic body armor, a money counter, and a metal detector.

“Moses Lake Police Department’s proactive traffic enforcement program that yielded the arrest of José Miranda was a significant contributor to the subsequent warrants and seizures,” Sheriff Jones said. “Well done, INET and Moses Lake Police Department. Together, a tremendous amount of illegal drugs are out of our community.”

Grant County’s INET, or the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, includes detectives from Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police Department, Ephrata Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.

Anyone who may have information can send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov or to their local law enforcement agency. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

(Courtesy of Christine Eagar GoLakeChelan.com, as reported by Sharon Palmerton, PIO)