MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Four arrested in Washington on drug trafficking charges

Mar 3, 2023, 4:53 PM

drug trafficking...

Some of the drugs confiscated in national investigation. (U.S. Attorney's office)

(U.S. Attorney's office)

Four people were arrested in Washington state on drug trafficking charges, according to U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.

Seven people overall have been indicted in the Western District of Washington. Charges stem from an investigation that began with a drug trafficking ring in Pittsburgh, PA.

All defendants have been taken into custody. Those arrested in Seattle are currently being detained at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac.

“This investigation shows how drug trafficking rings interact across the country – drugs coming into Arizona are then transferred to distributors as geographically distinct as Seattle and Pittsburgh,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. “Prosecutors and law enforcement here have worked cooperatively to arrest and prosecute the key players responsible for hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly doses.”

“Cartel activity of this nature is of particular concern to HSI, and we continue to prioritize investigations into individuals and organizations that illicitly introduce deadly fentanyl and firearms into our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “We can’t stop as innocent lives are at risk.”

Firefighters douse major blaze in vacant commercial building in Seattle

According to justice department records, Bryce Hill, a key member of the drug conspiracy, was arrested in Seattle on Jan. 11, 2023. Hill has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Investigators seized five firearms – including assault-style weapons and those with extended magazines – from Hill’s Seattle residence.

Law enforcement seized about 27 kilos of fentanyl pills at Hill’s apartment, which were located in the suitcases they had traveled in from Arizona. Law enforcement also seized more than $387,000 in cash.

“This organization sold their illicit narcotics throughout the U.S., from the Southwest border to the Pacific Northwest and all the way to the East Coast,” said Jacob D. Galvan, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Seattle Field Division.

“Our federal partnerships once again have proven invaluable in defeating these organizations and holding their members accountable. According to DEA labs, 6 out of 10 fake pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. With the seizure in one Seattle apartment, our partnerships saved 162,000 lives,” Galvan continued.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: Israeli soldiers drive a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, Wednesday, J...

Jack Jeffery, The Associated Press

8 Israeli soldiers killed in southern Gaza in deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months

An explosion in Gaza killed eight Israeli soldiers, the military said Saturday, making it the deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months.

7 hours ago

Photo: Firefighters responded after a person called 911 to report smoke coming from an Edmonds home...

Julia Dallas

Man dies after Edmonds home catches fire

Firefighters responded after a person called 911 to report smoke coming from an Edmonds home and sounds of a baby crying inside.

14 hours ago

Juanita Beach Kirkland...

Kathy McCormack and Nick Perry, The Associated Press

‘Tis the season for swimming and bacteria alerts in lakes, rivers

With summer about to start, many people flocking to their favorite swimming holes may also want to read up on bacteria warnings.

1 day ago

Image: A Bellingham Police Department vehicle is seen on a city street in 2015....

Julia Dallas

Bellingham sixth grader allegedly punched by man in racist attack

A Bellingham 6th-grader was allegedly attacked by a man who was spewing racist comments during a school field trip on Wednesday.

1 day ago

Photo: Starting this fall, students at Seattle's Hamilton International Middle School will have to ...

Julia Dallas

Seattle school to say goodbye to cell phones in the fall

Starting this fall, students at Seattle's Hamilton International Middle School will have to lock up their cell phones during school hours.

1 day ago

Image: A dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health cli...

Sam Campbell and Steve Coogan

Measles case reported at West Seattle clinic; know the symptoms

A child, now confirmed to have measles, went to the Franciscan Health Urgent Care clinic in West Seattle, officials said in a release Friday.

1 day ago

Four arrested in Washington on drug trafficking charges