Seattle Police announce recent wave of fentanyl, meth, weapons arrests

Seattle detectives seize over 400,000 fentanyl pills in Bellevue, including handguns and hundreds of pills of illegal drugs. Photo courtesy: Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police held a press conference Wednesday on a recent slew of arrests involving fentanyl, methamphetamine and guns.

Western Washington has seen a troubling uptick in drug crimes in recent years. In September, King County confirmed 217 fentanyl overdoses in 2021, up from a then record-setting 172 in 2020. The spike in overdoses mirrored others across the country, and prompted the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue a public safety alert.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Western Washington also announced in late September a 275% increase in fentanyl arrests between 2020 and 2021. This included 16 arrests in a multi-state drug distribution ring, where agents seized more than 100,000 fentanyl pills, more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine and close to two-dozen guns. Arrests were made in New York, California, and Washington cities like Kent, Bremerton, Belfair, Spanaway, Tacoma and Port Orchard.

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In light of similar drug arrests in Seattle, SPD is holding a press conference with the DEA and Homeland Security Investigations. Officials say they will speak on recent arrests and warrant services.

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READ MORE: 16 arrested in multi-state drug ring; officers seize guns, drugs and 100,000 fentanyl pills

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