Officials say that 17 people have been arrested in the bust of a major drug trafficking operation in the Pacific Northwest.
The Department of Justice says that drugs were being smuggled into the Seattle area, with officers seizing a total of 37.5 pounds of meth and 27 pounds of heroin during the whole operation. The DEA also seized $10,000 in cash and six firearms.
“At the height of the opioid epidemic, the Pacific Northwest is also drowning in methamphetamine,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis. “It’s a stimulant so we believe it’s one of the components that’s driving the opiod epidemic because many times, the data shows that users associate methamphetamine or use methamphetamine to counteract opiod withdrawal symptoms, physical pain, a lack of energy. They utilize the stimulant to gain energy,” he said.