Eleven indicted in wide-ranging conspiracy trafficking heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine in multistate area

 

Date: December 16, 2020

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Seattle – Eleven people have been indicted by a grand jury sitting in the Western District of Washington for a multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy. One of those indicted is a rap artist from Snohomish County, Washington, who discusses his drug trafficking activity in a documentary video. All of those in custody today will appear in U.S. District Court in Western Washington.

According to the indictment, the conspirators distributed large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, smuggling the drugs into the U.S. from Mexico and then transporting them up the west coast for distribution in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. Two of the defendants were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering for their activities with the drug proceeds.

Those indicted include:

  • Cesar Valdez-Sanudo, of Arlington, Washington
  • Omar Vazquez-Limon, of Kent, Washington
  • Aaron Alarcon-Castaneda (aka Sobrino), of Chino, California
  • Jose Luis Arredondo-Valdez (aka Primo), of Lake Stevens, Washington
  • Yvette Y. Olguin, of Everett, Washington
  • Fausto Paz (aka Gordito), of Ontario, California
  • Gabriel Vazquez-Ruiz, of Bothell, Washington.
  • Steven R. Delvecchio, of Snohomish, Washington
  • Tracy Hawkins, of Gold Bar, Washington
  • Wayne A. J. Frisby (aka Mac Wayne), of Snohomish County, Washington
  • Keith A. Silverson, of Tacoma, Washington

Since the wiretap investigation began, law enforcement has seized large amounts of drugs including a 49-pound load of methamphetamine that was coming to Washington State from California. Today alone law enforcement seized 18 pounds of heroin, 25 pounds of methamphetamine, as many as 15,000 fentanyl pills, more than $150,000 in cash drug proceeds and 23 firearms.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tacoma Residence Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Tacoma Police Department, Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF), the Skagit County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In addition these law enforcement agencies assisted with the arrests and search warrants executed today: DEA Seattle Special Response Team, Seattle Field Division Office Groups, DEA Bellingham Resident Office, DEA Yakima Resident Office, DEA Spokane Division Office, DEA Riverside Resident Office, Riverside Sheriff's Department, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team, Pierce County SWAT, Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bremerton Special Operations Group, Washington State Patrol SWAT, Everett Police Department, Everett Police Department Violet Offender Task Force, Internal Revenue Service, Snohomish County SWAT and TNET, which is comprised of Lakewood, Puyallup, Auburn, and Kent Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and the Washington State Department of Corrections. The investigation was supported by the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the DEA Special Operations Division.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amy Jaquette and Marci Ellsworth.