SEATTLE: Dealer arrested after meeting with police

Authorities say that one day after Seattle police and county prosecutors told more than a dozen drug dealers to clean up their act or go to prison in a closed-door meeting, one of the dealers has been arrested.

On Thursday night, Seattle police, prosecutors, friends, neighbors and family of 16 drug dealers operating in the city’s Central District gathered for a meeting, in which authorities showed the dealers evidence they had collected and gave them an ultimatum: clean up or prepare to be arrested and prosecuted.

But on Friday night, The Seattle Times reported one of those 16 dealers and another suspect were arrested on suspicion of a felony drug offense.

Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the arrests is not a setback to the new approach being tried by the department. He said the department didn’t expect all the dealers to stop selling drugs.

The Associated Press