Federal felon arrest finds large amount of drugs and guns

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - On Wednesday, two Moses Lake Police Officers participated in a U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offenders Task Force operation that rounded up four fugitives wanted on federal weapons and drug charges. 

In addition, the MLPD officers applied for and were granted search warrants for a house and vehicle in the 500 block of Main Street in Soap Lake. 

The suspect associated with this residence was 39-year-old Adan Mercado who also has an address in Moses Lake. Officers recovered more drugs and illegally possessed firearms. The warrants also yielded over a pound of heroin (492 grams), just under a pound of methamphetamine (423 grams), and three illegally possessed firearms. Two vehicles (a 2000 Infiniti G20 and a 2001 Toyota Sequoia) and over $5,800 cash were also seized. 

Mercado was one of four suspects involved in the case. The other three were 28-year-old April E. Nunez, 39-year-old Alberto N. Nunez, and 22-year-old Sergio Mendoza

All four suspects had been previously federally indicted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on weapons and drug charges. Federal agents had purchased both guns, drugs and even a hand grenade from the suspects during their investigation. The suspects went into BATF custody and were transported to Spokane for federal arraignment.

Mercado will also face additional weapons and drug charges as a result of the items located during the service of the search warrant. 

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