Seattle police arrested 21 people on Tuesday, many believed to be members of a Honduran drug dealing ring.
According to Seattle police:
The department began investigating the ring last year when officers started seeing a surge of a certain type of crack cocaine. The investigation was dubbed “Operation Wafer Thin,” because the drug looks like wafer.
In May, police set up sting operations, often sending undercover officers and informants to buy drugs. Narcotics division Lt. Mike Kebba said that the ring typically had nearly 30 dealers selling the drug in the heart of downtown, primarily along Second Avenue between Union and Virginia streets. The dealers charged $20 per wafer.
The ring earned an estimated $30,000 to $60,000 each day. Police believe the ring may have ties to a large drug cartel.
Criminal charges were filed against 17 of the defendants today. Investigations into the other cases are still pending, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff at the King County Prosecutor’s Office.