The Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration have been conducting targeted undercover operations to attack open-air drug markets in Seattle.
That said, you would think if it’s an open-air drug market they would not need to be undercover, considering the fact that no one is hiding it.
Today, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown joined Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and law enforcement officers to highlight a series of arrests targeted at eliminating chronic fentanyl dealers—some of whom are illegally equipped with firearms.
I know, I know, dealers with guns, AMAZING revelations!
16 persons have been arrested for offenses in the undercover operation. Not much of a haul considering that 3 different agencies apparently had to work together to accomplish this.
“There are too many firearms in our neighborhoods, and we’ve seen a big increase in shootings around Seattle and a surge in violent crime. This week I held a conference of law enforcement experts to explore suggestions on how federal agents and local police can work together to prevent neighborhood violence,”U.S. Attorney Nick Brown
“In this undercover operation, we have charged three persons federally, who were unlawfully possessing weapons while distributing fentanyl. The Department of Justice will do everything that we can to assist break the cycle of crime—not only with federal prosecution—but also with funding for initiatives that keep our youngsters out of the criminal justice system.”
In other words, it’s less about the drugs and more about the guns. That said, here are some interesting facts regarding firearms, that the federal government won’t talk about:
Popped for Possession
Mar’jon Guyton, 21, of Kent, Washington is charged with two counts of distribution of fentanyl, one count of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Ceandrick M. Davis, 29, of Seattle, is charged with distribution of fentanyl, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Cuong Cao, 54, of Seattle, is indicted for possession of controlled narcotics with intent to distribute, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
The first two defendants are imprisoned in the Federal Detention Center until additional hearings. Law enforcement is currently seeking for Cao.
A fourth defendant who was originally arrested for state charges at 12th and Jackson is now facing federal prosecution following a second arrest, with a firearm at 3rd and Pike.
The King County Prosecutors Office is prosecuting 12 people in state court.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. MAR’JON DANIEL GUYTON, Defendant.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. CEANDRICK MCCARTHY DAVIS, Defendant.