Nineteen Indicted in Drug Distribution Conspiracy
SEATTLE –Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, working in teams with the FBI and the Seattle Police Department, arrested 21 people yesterday, April 07, 2021, on indictments and criminal complaints charging an extensive drug conspiracy, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman and DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino. The defendants are also charged with illegally possessing firearms. The law enforcement teams and other public safety organizations executed approximately 90 search warrants across the Puget Sound region - from as far north as Everett and as far south as Spanaway - seizing 40 firearms. An additional 33 firearms were seized from others involved in this case.
In addition to 16 of the 19 people named in the indictments, 5 additional defendants were arrested on criminal complaints. Those arrested will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Seattle and Tacoma over the next few days.
“Drug trafficking and violence are often intertwined, leaving communities and families devastated,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino. “This strategic collaborative approach between federal and local law enforcement demonstrates our commitment to not only serve, but also protect the public from these violent criminal networks who terrorize their neighborhoods.”
Those named in the indictments include:
Eugene McGee, 54, of Federal Way, Washington
Larry W. Collins, 48, of Seattle, Washington
Johnathan F. Harrington, 43, of Seattle, Washington
Randolph P. Brown, 48 of Federal Way, Washington
Marco Calvert-Majors, 51, of Seattle, Washington
David A. Kelley, 52, of Seattle, Washington
Adam Anderson-Dotson, 41, of Seattle, Washington
Jerrell G. Ingram, 42, of Seattle, Washington
Kefentse Lumumba-Olabisi, 40, of Tacoma, Washington
Kenneth N. Lee, 58, of Tacoma, Washington
Edward Coleman, 65, of Tacoma, Washington
Jimmy J. Carter, 42, of Spanaway, Washington
Kevin L. Gipson, 45, of Seattle, Washington
Curtis G. Snipes, 50, of Tacoma, Washington
Richard D. Lewis, 47, of Seattle, Washington
Yusef H. Parrish, 51, of Seattle, Washington
Terry Cameron, 61, of Federal Way, Washington
Michael L. Hopkins, 51, of Tacoma, Washington
Jamar J. Howard, 48, of Renton, Washington
The defendants are all charged with drug distribution counts involving possession of cocaine and crack cocaine. Brown, Kelley, Parrish, and Snipes are charged with gun possession crimes, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Over the course of the investigation law enforcement seized thirty-three firearms, over ten kilos of cocaine, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, more than $160,000 in cash, fentanyl pills and a fentanyl pill manufacturing lab. Today alone, law enforcement seized an additional 40 firearms, nearly $450,000 in cash and nearly 4 pounds of cocaine.
The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found on the website.