East Precinct Blotter
The following press release was distributed earlier this afternoon by the US Attorney’s Office.
SEATTLE POLICE AND HOMELAND SECURITY SEIZE 315 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE FOLLOWING STING OPERATION
Drug Trafficking Organization thought it was Buying Cocaine, Instead Law Enforcement Arrested Transporter with Meth Stored at ‘HomeAway’ Rental
A multi-state sting operation led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) resulted in the arrest of ADRIAN PEREZ, 41 of San Diego, California and the seizure of more than 315 pounds of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. PEREZ was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in Seattle last week after he tried to take possession of 18 kilos of cocaine he intended to transport for a Canadian drug trafficking organization. Quick work by law enforcement, and especially the Seattle Police Department, resulted in the seizure of more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine from the Seattle home rented by PEREZ.
“Drug trafficking organizations use the I-5 corridor to ship large quantities of their poisons into our communities — from San Diego to Bellingham and beyond,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “We work closely with our international, federal, state and local counterparts to identify those involved and disrupt their efforts.”
According to records filed in the case, in April 2017, RCMP and HSI began investigating a group smuggling drugs from San Diego into Canada. Last month agents went undercover and posed as drug couriers who had cocaine they were willing to sell to the criminal organization. On March 13, 2018, a member of the drug trafficking organization agreed to meet at a central Seattle parking lot to pick up 18 kilos of cocaine. PEREZ arrived at the meeting place, took delivery of the cocaine and was arrested by HSI. The next day Seattle Police Department officers served a search warrant at a ‘HomeAway’ rental property in the Leschi neighborhood which PEREZ had occupied for the previous four days. Inside officers found three large duffle bags containing 150 pounds of methamphetamine and $4,000 in cash. HSI obtained a court authorized warrant to search the vehicle PEREZ was driving. Inside they found an additional 165 pounds of methamphetamine.
“HSI continues to work closely with the Seattle Police Department and other partners to investigate crimes like drug trafficking,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Seattle. “Three hundred pounds of meth and 18 kilos of cocaine can have devastating effects on a community, and the quick action of HSI and the Seattle Police Department thwarted that from happening.”
“Methamphetamine is second only to opioids when it comes to fatal drug overdoses,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. “Getting these dangerous drugs off the street is a testament to what is possible when we work together with our federal partners.”
Due to the drug quantities involved PEREZ faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison if convicted.
The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by HSI with critical assistance from the Seattle Police Department.
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Officers immediately provided first aid and called for Seattle Fire Department medics. Police also canvassed the area for additional victims, suspects, and witnesses.
Gang Unit detectives responded to conduct the investigation and process the crime scene for forensic evidence.
Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911.
Robbery detectives are attempting to identify a suspect that robbed a victim at an ATM on First Hill in the early morning hours of March 1st.
The victim was using the cash machine in the 1300 block of East Madison Street around 5:30 am when he was robbed at gunpoint by the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’6″ tall, medium build, with a mustache and possible goatee. Surveillance camera from the ATM captured an image of the suspect.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Det. Koshak in the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5542.
Officers arrested a teenage tip jar thief Sunday after he returned to the scene to talk to officers about his missing cell phone.
Victims began calling 911 just before 3 p.m Sunday to report a group of people stealing tip jars from Capitol Hill businesses. The victims said the group would enter the business and take the money before fleeing in a car. Shortly after, a female approached a busker in 100 block of Broadway East and attempted to steal the musician’s tips. The victim chased the woman and caught her as she entered a nearby alley. While attempting to retrieve his cash the suspect’s friend exited the getaway vehicle and began hitting the victim. The victim released the woman who then escaped with the other male. The male suspect, in the process of assaulting the victim, dropped his cell phone and in his haste to escape failed to notice. The victim picked up the phone and called 911 to report the robbery.
Officers arrived and were approached by the 16-year-old male suspect who claimed the busker had stolen his cell phone. Officers quickly took the suspect into custody and recovered the musician’s money. Officers brought additional victims to the scene who confirmed the male was responsible for at least two additional thefts during the day. Officers searched the area for the female suspect but were unable to locate her. Officers booked the teen into the King County Youth Services Center.
A 15-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital after she was injured when she was struck by gunfire Saturday night in the Leschi neighborhood.
At approximately 8:15 pm, officers responded to the 3800 block of East Superior Street for a report of a shooting. Officers arrived and found the victim who had been struck in the back. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Seattle Fire medics. The injury is not believed to be life-threatening, and the victim was alert and conscious when she was transported.
Officers began their investigation and determined that there had been a party at the residence earlier in the evening. Several people showed up at the party uninvited and had been asked to leave, which they did. Shortly thereafter 3-5 shots were fired from outside the house. The female victim was standing inside the house and was struck by a bullet that went through the front door.
Officers searched the area for physical evidence and searched the area for a possible suspect vehicle, but did not locate one.
Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
Officers arrested three people for an assault of a 13-year-old girl in Cal Anderson Park Wednesday morning.
Two East Precinct officers on a foot beat in Cal Anderson park Wednesday at 1:30 a.m saw a group of ten people in some type of disturbance and approached the group. As the officers got close the group of people scattered leaving behind a 13-year-old girl who was bleeding from the face. One of the officers chased the group who they believed to be responsible for the injuries to the girl while the other officer remained behind to tend to the victim’s injuries.
The first officer was able to corner three of the suspects in an alley 1000 block of East Denny Way. Officers determined that the 19-year-old female suspect had participated in the assault based on the victim’s blood being found on the suspect’s clothing as well as statements made to officers.
Officers also arrested a 19-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a firearm after they discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pocket.
Finally, officers arrested the third person, an 18-year-old man, for obstructing and will work with the prosecutor’s office to determine if any other charges will be filed.
Seattle Fire Department medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center where she was treated for head and facial injuries.
Officers booked the three suspects into King County Jail for the assault, weapons charges, and obstruction. It appears this was a targeted assault but the motive is still under investigation.
A 31-year-old man is now in custody after he fired several rounds from a .22 semi-automatic pistol into the air on First Hill this morning.
At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, officers responded to several calls of a man firing a gun into the air in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue. Callers provided 911 with a detailed description of the suspect and officers located and detained him quickly. The suspect had the pistol in his pocket, but he complied with the officers’ commands. The pistol was recovered from the man’s pocket. It appeared that the suspect fired two rounds from the pistol, and officers could not locate any victims or property damage in the immediate vicinity. One shell casing was located and recovered at the scene.
It was unclear why the suspect fired the shots into the air. He was later booked into the King County Jail for weapons violations.
Police arrested a 34-year-old man after he demanded money and assaulted an employee inside a restaurant Sunday afternoon on Capitol Hill.
Officers responded to a restaurant in the 1500 block of Broadway shortly after 3:00 pm Sunday. According to witnesses, the suspect entered the restaurant and began to act erratically. He demanded that employees give him money. The employees asked the suspect to leave, but he refused. The employees attempted to escort the suspect out of the restaurant, but the suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed one of the employees in the hand. The employees were able to hold the suspect down until police officers arrived and took him into custody.
Seattle Fire treated the employee for a minor injury to his hand that did not require a hospital visit. The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
Robbery detectives are investigating after a man was shot and a dog was killed in a Judkins Park home invasion robbery at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Witnesses called 911 Sunday night to report masked men had forced their way into a home in the 1100 block of 29 Avenue South. Officers responding to the call heard multiple gunshots in the area just prior to their arrival. Officers rushed into the home and found a man who had been shot twice and a dog that had been shot and killed, but no sign of the suspects.
Seattle Fire Department medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Robbery detectives responded to the scene and determined that a large amount of cash had been taken from a safe inside the home.
If you have any information in this case please call robbery detectives at (206)684-5535 and reference case number 2018-70076