U.S. Attorney Says Four Everett Men Indicted as Part of Violent Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization

August 19, 2011

Police Blotter

The case was led by DEA and South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force .

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has named four Everett residents among 15 people arrested under a grand jury indictment charging meth and heroin distribution. The case was started in 2009 by the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force which is made up of officers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. The indictment targets what the U.S. Attorney called a violent Mexican drug trafficking organization that reportedly brought methamphetamine and heroin into Arizona and then re-distributed it to Western Washington and other parts of the country. Investigators used wiretaps to track the operations of the organization and in June seized 8 pounds of crystal meth, 7 pounds of heroin more than $174,000.00 in cash, 9 firearms and 10 cars. The four Everett residents named by the U.S. Attorney in yesterday’s indictment were 35-year-old Raul Alfaro Munoz, 32-year-old Julio Cesar Villafana, 48-year-old Ernsto Millan Velderrain and 42-year-old Geoffrey Wright. Others named in the indictment were from Lynnwood, Marysville, Snohomish, Puyallup, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and San Luis, Arizona. The U.S. Attorney sent a reminder that the charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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