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King County deputies recover 40 pounds of meth in massive drug bust

Jun 17, 2024, 6:09 PM

Photo: King County deputies stumble upon a huge cache of drugs in Shoreline with the help of K9 Qui...

King County deputies stumble upon a huge cache of drugs in Shoreline with the help of K9 Quinn, KCSO stated on Monday. (Photo courtesy the King County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo courtesy the King County Sheriff's Office)

King County deputies stumbled upon a huge cache of drugs in Shoreline.

Deputies, with the help of K9 Quinn, found 40 pounds of meth, 21,000 M-30 fentanyl pills, nearly four pounds of fentanyl powder and nearly three pounds of heroin, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

Deputies said its street value is worth almost $1 million.

They also reported that because of K9 Quinn, officers found it on just one man. The traffic stop ended with his arrest but authorities were quick to point out — the investigation is ongoing.

“Kudos to our K9 Quinn. As usual, a job very well done,” stated the KCSO in an X post on Monday.

In May, federal authorities indicted 13 people from Western Washington for involvement in an alleged drug trafficking ring. Ten of the 13 were arrested.

The 10 people in custody have been accused of bringing “large loads” of fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs to our region. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) led the wide-ranging investigation alongside agents from the FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and local authorities from Seattle, Oregon and California

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Also in May, King County deputies arrested a suspected drug trafficker in Burien who was connected to a Mexican cartel.

According to KCSO, the suspect was someone who was running drugs into Washington for the Sinaloa cartel — arguably the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere, led mostly by Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s, also known as El Chapo, sons.

The arrest came after a two-month investigation that involved more than 100 hours of surveillance across the region.

Contributing: Sam Campbell, KIRO Newsradio; Frank Sumrall and Julia Dallas, MyNorthwest

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