Police Arrest Chinatown Drug Dealers, Seize Large Amounts of Crack, Heroin and Cash from Hotel Room

Police seized piles of cash, crack and heroin on Friday and arrested two 50-year-old men suspected of dealing drugs out of their cars in the Chinatown-International District.

SPD’s Major Crimes Taskforce (MCTF) had been investigating drug dealing in the International District–Chinatown, and identified the suspects, who they believe are also connected to organized retail theft and other crimes. Detectives say the men would drive from their SeaTac hotel to Seattle, and use their vehicles as rolling storefronts to sell and trade heroin and crack cocaine in Chinatown.

On Friday, MCTF detectives and the South Precinct Anti-Crime Team arrested one suspect at a Tukwila casino, and found he was in possession of 5 grams of methamphetamine. Police then arrested the second suspect on Beacon Hill, and recovered 85 grams of heroin, 28 grams of methamphetamine and 47 grams of crack cocaine.

Police also served a warrant on the suspects’ SeaTac hotel room and recovered 467 grams of powder cocaine, 58 grams of heroin, 1,018 grams of cocaine, which was being processed into rock cocaine, as well as 3.3 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also recovered $10,000.00 in cash.

Both suspects were booked into King County Jail for investigation of narcotics possession with the intent to deliver. Detectives estimate the street value for the drugs is over $100,000.00.