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Task Force Seizes More Than $1.5 Million in Drugs, Money

The Snohomish Regional Drug & Gang Task Force seized more than $550,000 in cash and 23 pounds of heroin (with an approximate street value of more than $1 million) when officers served search warrants last week in the Lake Serene neighborhood and in Shoreline, officials said Thursday, Jan. 23.

Five men and three women were arrested as a result of the operation and the drugs seized are believed to be associated with the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, according to authorities.

Those arrested include a 22 year-old California man, a 30 year-old Everett man, a 26 year-old woman and 27 year-old man from Shoreline, and a 28 year-old and 29 year-old man from Lynnwood, officials reported.

The Task Force served several search warrants on three separate locations, which led to additional search warrants on various vehicles.

In addition to the drugs and money, officers also seized six vehicles and one house and property, a spokesperson said.

“This latest seizure by our Task Force is a huge win for Snohomish County,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.

“It’s not the value of what was seized that is important; dangerous drugs were kept out of our communities and the people responsible for drug-related crimes are now behind bars,” the sheriff said.

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