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More than 50 Arrests Made During Patrol Emphasis in South Snohomish County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 21, 2020

CONTACTS: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office,
Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - The Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Violent Offender Task Force, the Drug Task Force, the Auto Theft Task Force, Edmonds Police Department, Everett Police Department, Lynnwood Police Department, Mukilteo Police Department, and Washington State Department of Corrections made more than 50 arrests during a three day joint emphasis on Highway 99 in south Snohomish County. Law enforcement agencies worked together to develop intelligence, identify criminal activity, arrest warrant subjects and provide an increased police presence on Highway 99.

During the three day operation, law enforcement seized $15,000 believed to be related to drug sales, recovered five occupied stolen vehicles, eight guns, and seized six vehicles pending search warrants. The teams also assisted six people with getting beds in the Snohomish County Diversion Center, wrote 40 citations for traffic violations, and gave over 40 traffic warnings.

Multiple ounces of street level narcotics were recovered, to include heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack. During one traffic stop Thursday afternoon near Airport Rd and Highway 99, detectives recovered 246 grams of meth, 55 grams of cocaine, $13,736 in cash, and two loaded firearms, one of which was stolen.

“The results of the three day emphasis in south Snohomish County show the value in pro-active police work,” said Sheriff Adam Fortney. “These results show what can happen when agencies partner together to enforce the law and target criminal activity.  A relatively small group of deputy sheriffs, police officers, and detectives that have the ability to focus on pro-active police work, can have a significant impact on public safety in our community. I would like to thank all of the participating law enforcement agencies, including all of our corrections staff at the Snohomish County jail, for your hard work, dedication, and partnership. I look forward to working with you all in the future.”

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