July 16, 2019

DEA, ATF and U.S. Border Patrol operation leads to the arrest of 15 people involved in meth and heroin trafficking in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. – Early this morning, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Border Patrol led a large-scale enforcement action targeting a methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking organization with ties to a Washington State-based street gang identified as the Eastside Familia Norteno (ESF). Over 300 law enforcement officials, including federal agents and state and local officers, executed 19 federal search warrants located in Grant, Yakima and Adams Counties. 

Methamphetamine Seizures Continue to Climb in the Midwest

In 2005, the United States reached what was thought to be the peak of the methamphetamine epidemic. Thousands of domestic labs dotted the country. Users were overdosing at unthinkable rates and law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), were doing their best to keep the synthetic substance off the streets. 
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