Two ATF agents injured in Moses Lake drug raid


Two federal agents suffered injuries in a shootout during a drug raid early Tuesday morning in Moses Lake.

The agents, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were hit with “shrapnel,” according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting took place at a home in the 2400 block of Road E 5-Northeast in the Mae Valley. After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect shot himself .

The unidentified suspect was transported to a Spokane hospital but the seriousness of his injuries is unknown.

The raids in several Central Washington cities targeted a methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking organization.

More than 300 federal agents served 19 federal search warrants in Grant, Yakima and Adams counties.

The raids targeted a Washington state-based street gang called Eastside Familia Norteno, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane.

The Tuesday morning raids were related to a December 2017 drug operation in Grant County, the sheriff’s office said.

Arrested were 11 people in Moses Lake, one in Ephrata, two in Yakima and one in Warden.

Luis Manuel Farias-Carendas, 40, of Moses Lake and Joshua Isaac Stine, 34, of Yakima were the suspected leaders of the drug ring, federal officials said.

Agents said they seized “pound quantities” of meth, cocaine and heroin, in addition to 50 firearms and cash.

The ATF agents were treated at the scene for their injuries and briefly taken to a local hospital.

Also participating in the raid were the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Border Patrol., in addition to local agencies.

The shooting is being investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.