Multiple arrests in downtown Seattle drug bust 'Operation Grinch'

The Seattle Police Department had made multiple arrests stemming from an on-going narcotics operation aimed at reducing street violence and criminal activity in the downtown shopping district.

According to their report:

Drugs were purchased from 27 suspects during 'Operation Grinch' which began in October.

All 27 were positively identified and there was probable cause for their arrest. Some far, 14 are in custody at the King County Jail and felony arrest warrants have been issued for the other 13 at large.

A total of seven suspects were nabbed from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22. Six were from the original 27 and arrested for felony narcotics violations. The seventh was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.

Another five of the original 27 were arrested the weekend prior to Nov. 22 on other unrelated charges. Seattle Police will be requesting that they all be charged with narcotics violations in addition to the other charges they are facing unrelated to the operation.

Seven more people were arrested this Wednesday. Six on drugs charges and three of these were from the original 27 cases. The seventh was wanted on a Department of Corrections detainer.

Officers recovered 12 ounces of heroin and one handgun during the course of these arrests.

The 27 original cases will be filed with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Stay Out of Drug Areas (SODA) will be placed on all of the suspects.