May’s Major Gun and Drug Seizures

May was a busy month for our Investigations and Patrol Bureaus, which both conducted a number of successful seizures of narcotics and weapons in and around the Seattle area.

In the largest operation, in Pioneer Square and Chinatown, on May 15th, police recovered firearms, knives, machetes, a sword, cash, crack cocaine, heroin, meth and other drugs from two encampments.

Narcotics detectives seized four handguns and 1,300 Oxycodone pills and arrested a man suspected of selling drugs at downtown Seattle clubs and in South Seattle.

Members of SPD’s Gang Unit, Narcotics Unit and East Precinct Anti-Crime Team recovered a cache of weapons—including three military-style rifles and three handguns—as part of an ongoing investigation into gun violence in South Seattle and the Central District.

East Precinct’s Anti-Crime Team and patrol officers also arrested a convicted felon with a handgun after a witness alerted police to the man, who was sitting in his car, holding a gun on Capitol Hill.

Police seized drugs, guns and cash from a chronic nuisance property in the Northgate neighborhood.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old and recovered a firearm after police received a report of shots fired in the 7800 block of Rainier Avenue South.

Narcotics detectives seized over $30,000 in cash and a handgun from a man suspected of selling cocaine and methamphetamine in South Seattle and Burien.

SPD’s Narcotics Unit also disrupted a major drug trafficking ring, suspected of supplying dealers in North Seattle and Shoreline, seizing large amounts of narcotics, weapons and cash.

A two-month investigation into cocaine and Oxycodone trafficking in North Seattle led detectives to arrest two men at a Bothell apartment and recover a handgun and narcotics.

And, finally, the (very busy) Narcotics Unit, responding to reports of drug activity in the 6000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, arrested a 35-year-old man and recovered meth, cocaine, marijuana, cash, three handguns, a rifle and two sets of body armor.