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Mexico Based Defendants Trafficking Large Amounts of Heroin and Meth

Posted: Updated: - Five people from the Tri-Cities are behind bars after agents say they were trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Washington.

On Thursday Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force agents arrested Antonio Zuniga-Barajas, 29, Enrique Orozco-Rojas, 37, and Javier Zuniga-Ochoa, 50, all from Kennewick. Officers also arrested Pedro Barragan-Valdovinos, 39, and Omar Huerta-Garcia, 29, from Pasco.

The DEA says they were part of a drug trafficking organization that spanned from Everett, to Vancouver, to the Tri-Cities.

Over the course of the investigation law enforcement seized over 56 pounds of heroin and more than eight pounds of highly pure methamphetamine. The DEA says the investigation began in October of 2011.

The DEA says on Thursday they searched 14 different locations and multiple vehicles statewide. Agents say they arrested 13 drug trafficking suspects and one additional suspect for criminal complaint.

Law enforcement seized two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, heroin, two weapons, six vehicles and over $20,000 in cash.

The defendants appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2:30 today.

If convicted the defendants face a mandatory minimum ten years in prison because of the quantity of drugs involved.