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Authorities: Busts break up major drug ring

August 31st, 2007 - 6:01am

(Port Angeles) -- A major drug bust this week on the Peninsula. On Tuesday, OPNET investigators culminated an investigation over several years into a major Drug Trafficking Organization operating along the northwest coast between Grays Harbor and the North Olympic Peninsula. The investigation was a cooperative effort conducted by detectives of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force. In cooperation with numerous local agencies as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the National Park Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, simultaneous arrests and search warrants were executed in Forks and the Grays Harbor area. With DEA Tacoma assisting the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force in the south, and DEA Seattle assisting OPNET locally, numerous persons were arrested in both areas that had been identified as players in the organization. Officials say two Forks residents, 43-year old Nicanor Farias-Barragan and 22-year old Sergio Alvarez-Cerrato, were arrested without incident at their homes. These two arrests that were made by OPNET in Forks on Tuesday, netted up to two pounds of crystal meth, over 25-thousand dollars in cash, firearms and several cars that have been seized. Additionally, officials say the arrest of James Horejsi at Lake Crescent by the National Park Service last weekend was coincidental but related incident. Horejsi was also a participant in the organization. With that arrest and seizure, the total amount of drugs and money taken off the street in our area as a result of the investigation over the last few days is over 40-thousand dollars in cash and several pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana. The street value of the meth alone is over 108-thousand dollars. Besides the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, OPNET was assisted in the investigation and arrests by Sequim PD, Lapush PD, Forks PD, Elwha PD, DEA, Coast Guard Investigative Service, National Park Service, National Forest Service and the Clallam County Sheriffs Department.

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