Nine alleged drug and gun traffickers based in Everett were arrested in the past 24 hours following a monthlong investigation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.
Fourteen firearms, almost 3 pounds of heroin and about 1 pound of methamphetamine drugs were seized by the department’s Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which worked with the Seattle Police Department on the investigation.
“This particular criminal enterprise was trafficking drugs and firearms interchangeably,” said Seattle Police Narcotics Lt. Mike Kebba in a statement.
Four people were charged in federal court today with conspiracy to distribute heroin and being illegal immigrants in possession of firearms. They include Juan Velasco San Juan, 35, Gumercindo Guzman Torres, 39, both of Everett, Eder Mendoza Pino, 25, of Monroe, and Jesus Dominguez Duran, 25, of Lynnwood.
Five others face charges in state court.
The firearms — seven shotguns, two rifles and five handguns — were bought by “a person working with law enforcement,” according to the DOJ news release. Some of the weapons had been reported stolen in Tacoma and Brier.
If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison, the DOJ release said.