On March 22nd at approximately 8:00 p.m. Seattle Police officers and detectives conducted a large scale narcotics operation which resulted in the arrest of five adult suspects and the seizure of over 8,400 pills of “ecstasy” (MDMA), the seizure of two vehicles, a loaded handgun and the almost $15,000 in cash. The street value of the seized drugs is approximately $42,000. Some of the units involved in this major operation included Narcotics, South Precinct Anti-Crime Team (ACT), and SWAT, as well as others. This operation was the end result of a two week investigation that began with the arrests of suspects selling ecstasy at a rave outside of a club in the 4200 Block of South Othello by members of the South ACT. This led to a residence in Snohomish County, where a suspect delivered 1,000 pills of ecstasy and an additional 1,500 pills were recovered from the residence.
On the evening of March 22nd, a “buy” was set up involving the delivery of a large amount of pills and the suspects arrived at the location in Snohomish County. After the transaction was completed SWAT officers moved in to make the arrests. Five suspects were arrested and three were later booked facing federal charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Ecstasy. The Seattle Police Department Narcotics Unit will be responsible for the follow up investigation.