Major drug ring taken down by multi-agency response

A major drug ring was taken down by a multi-agency response that was overseen by the Grays Harbor County .

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that at about 8:30 am this morning, the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force (GHCDTF) oversaw an operation that resulted in numerous search warrants being conducted throughout Grays Harbor County, as well as related locations in Thurston and King Counties.

They say the search warrants were conducted as a result of suspected illegal marijuana grow operations by Chinese Nationals that were occurring in the respective counties.

This investigation first originated when east Grays Harbor County citizens reported to the Sheriff’s Office possible illegal marijuana grows occurring in the outlying area of Elma.

Later in the year, McCleary Police also received similar complaints from their citizens.

’s Deputies as well as officers with the McCleary Police Department identified several possible locations where suspected illegal marijuana grow operations appeared to be occurring.

Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police Departments received similar complaints from their respective citizens as well.

On August 1, the GHCDTF took over the investigations.

According to the sheriff’s Office, throughout the last four months, GHCDTF developed information that numerous homes were being purchased for the purpose of setting up these illegal marijuana grows.

The majority of these homes were purchased with cash and information was developed that these purchases were conducted by Chinese Nationals involved in organized crime.

The proceeds from these illegal grows appear to be funding other criminal enterprises.

Those investigations are on-going.

With the citizen’s passage of I502, the law enforcement community supports the legal operations of marijuana producers, processors, and retailers in this state.

They are required by Washington State Law to be licensed and follow strict guidelines.

The search warrants conducted today were on marijuana grow operations that not only operated without the proper licenses, but in some cases, the illegal grow operations were set up in restricted areas such as near schools.

Law enforcement teams will remain in their respective areas today, processing the scenes, and removing and destroying any illegal marijuana.

The sheriff’s office will be releasing more information about the arrests in the near future.

Given the scale of this illegal activity, GHCDTF sought assistance from many other law enforcement agencies as well as other entities.

Those who assisted with today’s operation included:

GHCDTF, Aberdeen Fire and Police Departments, Cosmopolis PD, Drug Enforcement Administration (), Elma PD, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Grays Harbor Communications Center, Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Grays Harbor Fire District #2, Hoquiam PD, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  Lewis County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, McCleary PD, Montesano PD, Ocean Shores PD, Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET), ’s Office, Port Angeles PD, Raymond PD, South Bend PD, Sheriff’s Office, US Marshalls Office, Washington State , , Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Western States Information Network, Westport PD.

 

Location List:

ABERDEEN CITY / SURROUNDING ABERDEEN AREA
Aberdeen Lake Road
North Bank Road
Trentland Park Drive
Scammel
H Street
Cherry Street
S. Harbor
Road
Sumner Ave
N. Rice

HOQUIAM CITY / SURROUNDING HOQUIAM AREA
Queets Ave
Aberdeen Ave.
22nd Street
O Street
Lawrence Street
B Street
W. Chenault
Pacific Ave
East Hoquiam Road
Karr Street

/ OCEAN SHORES
Chester Ave
Narwhal Loop

/ COSMOPOLIS AREA
2nd Street
Holly Lane
Lund Road

CITY OF MONTESANO / MONTESANO AREA
S. Glenn Street
Geissler Road

SURROUNDING ELMA AREA
Cloquallum Road
Middle Earth Lane

/ SURROUNDING MCLEARY AREA
W. Simpson Ave
Elma McCleary Road
E. Elma Hicklin Road
Larson Road (Multiple locations)

KING COUNTY

56th Avenue S (KENT)
144th Avenue SE (BELLEVUE)
NE Lake Washington Blvd. (BELLEVUE)
NE 8th Street (BELLEVUE)
80th Avenue NE (MEDINA)

THURSTON COUNTY

10th Court SE (OLYMPIA) / Multiple locations
Laynard Dr NE (LACEY)

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