Feds, local cops make huge King County gun and drug buston October 24, 2012 @ 7:09 am (Updated: 7:45 am - 10/24/12 )
"Operation Down in The Valley" targeted gang violence, and drug and gun sales in the Kent, Renton, and Tukwila areas.
The three month initiative, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and ICE's Homeland Security Investigation, is the second so-called "Hot Spot" effort in the past two years. It follows a successful sweep in White Center in 2011.
"Drug trafficking, and the violent crime it spawns, is not limited to our urban areas," said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.
Along with the guns, the operation also took nearly 14 pounds of methamphetamine off the street as well as cocaine, heroin and prescription narcotics.
"We will continue to focus on violent crime and guns and get them off the street," said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.
Along with the federal agencies, the operation also involved police from a number of local municipalities including Kent, Renton, The Port of Seattle, Tukwila, and Seattle.
"This has been a great partnership between the ATF and local police to combat upper level gang members engaged in organized criminal activity in our region," said Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas. "This type of operation is necessary to deal with the worst of the worst gang members so our programs of prevention and intervention will have a real opportunity to be successful."
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