Coordinated federal drug raids include apartment complex near College Place Middle School

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Some of the seized crystal meth.

From our friends at Lynnwood Today comes news that an apartment complex near College Place Middle School was one of several residences raided in a major drug sweep across Puget Sound this week.

On Wednesday, federal agents and local police descended on the complex in the 20800 block of 76th Avenue West. It’s unknown how many people were arrested there, Lynnwood Today said, but the series of coordinated raids resulted in a total of 45 arrests. On Wednesday alone, agents seized 28 pounds of heroin, five pounds of cocaine and two pounds of meth.

Police believe the drugs were transported, sometimes in hidden compartments, from Mexico, through Arizona and California and into King, Pierce, Skagit and Snohomish counties for distribution.

“With these arrests, we are sending a clear message to transnational criminal organizations that they are being actively pursued and will be shut down,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Barnes. “This organization has wreaked havoc in our community by leaving behind a path of death and destruction through the large quantity of drugs they have distributed.”

The investigation involved officers from the South Snohomish County Drug Task Force, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace police departments.

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