Two dozen arrested in Eastern Washington crime sweepPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Thursday morning, during a massive law enforcement operation involving more than 100 federal, state and local authorities, over two dozen defendants were arrested in the Spokane area, Kennewick, Prosser, Walla Walla and Weston, Oregon.
Another 4 were arrested on state charges. Authorities continue to search for others. Over 25 federal search warrants were executed in connection with these arrests. Law enforcement seized over 8 pounds of methamphetamine, 40 firearms, one grenade, an estimated $150,000 in currency and valuables, and ten vehicles.
Thursday's operation caps another months-long investigation conducted by the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Over a dozen indictments were unsealed which charge numerous counts of distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs against members and associates of various gangs and drug organizations. Some were charged as convicted felons in possession of firearms. The sealed indictments were returned on December 20, 2011, by a federal grand jury.
The defendants charged in the federal indictments are as follows: Charles M. Bell, age 63, of Spokane, WA Michael Bell, age 40, of Spokane, WA, Brandon B. Blanche, age 25, of Nevada Christopher Brotherton, age 32, Walla Walla, WA Johauna M. Byers, age 28, of Spokane, WA Tyrone J. Carell, age 24 of Spokane, WA William Childs, age 40, of Kennewick, WA Donald Cummings, age 55, of Kennewick, WA Ryan Doherty, age 24, of Spokane, WA Christopher D. Drumgoole, age 26, of Spokane, WA Keith Hall, age 42, of Walla Walla, WA Joshua J. Kaczor, age 32, of Spokane, WA Edgar Lizarraga-Felix, age 28, of Pasco, WA David McLaughlin, age 21, of Spokane, WA Paul L. Rios, age 30, of Spokane, WA Amador Sanchez, age 31, of Kennewick, WA Robert Michael Sevey, age 55, of Spokane, WA Michael A. Shahinian, age 45, of Spokane, WA Clayton D. Sibbett, age 42, of Weston, Oregon Alethea Sibbett, age 38, of Weston, Oregon Teal Nicholas Terrell, age 19, of Spokane, WA Edward L. Thomas, age 26, of Spokane, WA Siaosilepelenise L. Tuaimalo, age 30, of Spokane, WA Michael Wilson, age 44, of Spokane Valley, WA Alice Woodburn, age 49, of Spokane Valley, WA
The drug distribution charges carry potential sentences of up to 20 years imprisonment or more, while the firearm offenses carry up to 10 years imprisonment.