SPOKANE, Wash - 19 people were indicted on federal drug charges this week in what federal agents referred to as Operation Red File.
The U.S. Attorney's Office called it a large-scale enforcement action targeting a criminal conspiracy distributing meth in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Federal agents arrested 19 people and executed search warrants Wednesday in Spokane, Moses Lake, Mattawa and North Idaho. They seized 75 firearms and approximately eight pounds of meth.
The defendants appeared in Eastern Washington U.S. District Court Wednesday, charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine. If convicted, the charge carries a punishment of 10 years to life in prison.
The takedown is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. The task force provides funding to federal and stage agencies investigating drug-related crimes. This investigation was conducted by the ATF and the DEA, with other local agencies assisting. Local agencies included the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), the Grant County Sheriff’s Office; Moses Lake Police Department; Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team (TRT); and the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT Team.
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