by Will Wixey
TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The FBI and local law enforcement seized more than 100,000 fentanyl pills, 50 pounds of methamphetamine, and about one kilogram of cocaine in the Tri-Cities area.
The drugs were seized on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the use of USPS to traffic multiple-pound quantities of dangerous controlled substances.
Along with the drugs, authorities also seized about $15,000, several money counters, more than 20 firearms, and a significant amount of ammunition.
Several individuals have already been charged in connection with the investigation.
Angel Barajas-Zarate was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 6 on one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Hector Sanchez-Mendez also received the same charges on Thursday.
Additionally, Jeremy Hendricks and Nichole Holland were both charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
“Illegal narcotics, and fentanyl in particular, have become a scourge across the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref. “I’m grateful to the FBI and our critical Safe Streets Task Force partners for working together to combat this dangerous poison. Without their combined efforts, more than 100,000 deadly fentanyl-laced pills and more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine would not have been removed from the community. As a result, our neighborhoods and communities are safer and stronger.”
This case is still under investigation by the FBI Task Force and United States Postal Inspection Service.
Photo: Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern Dist. of Wash.
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