Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested two men Monday, Oct. 18, for allegedly trying to sell $400,000 worth of Ecstasy outside of the Starbucks in Sehome Village.
George Ramirez and Harjinder Brar were indicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday on charges of possessing Ecstasy with intent to distribute.
An undercover agent met with Brar at the Starbucks on Oct. 6 to discuss buying large quantities of Ecstasy, according to a complaint filed in federal court. Brar agreed to sell the agent 150,000 pills for $300,000, and arranged to meet the following week to complete the transaction, authorities contend.
The agent recorded the meeting with Brar, according to the complaint.
About a week later, the agent spoke with Brar's wife and agreed to buy 200,000 pills for $400,000.
On Oct. 18, the agent met with Brar at the Starbucks shortly after noon. At that meeting, Brar said he was a partial owner of a 200-acre berry farm near Sumas, which is how he brought the drugs into the U.S., according to the complaint.
Both men left the Starbucks but returned at 3:45 p.m. Agents saw Ramirez driving a van through the shopping center parking lot.
Ramirez got out of the vehicle and met with Brar and the agent. The agent went inside the van to inspect the Ecstasy, and other agents arrested Brar and Ramirez after the agent confirmed the drugs were inside.
Agents seized 26 bags containing about 84 pounds of Ecstasy.