Man busted in Kent for interstate drug distribution with drugs disguised as chocolates

King County Sheriff
King County Sheriff's Office detectives display drugs disguised as candy that were reportedly mailed from King County to Alaska.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, King County Sheriff's Office

King County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a 46-year-old man at a Kent hotel in connection with distributing heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and ephedrine between the county and Juneau, Alaska.

That man and a second man arrested in Juneau reportedly packaged and disguised the drugs as commercially made chocolates, according to a Sheriff's Office media release on Wednesday.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the city of Shoreline along with the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office and the Juneau Police Department arrested two men for investigation of distributing narcotics.

Detectives identified a man residing in various hotels in the Kent and Renton area as an allegedly main supplier of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. The man was supplying street level dealers operating in the Shoreline, North Seattle and Edmonds.

The man was also sending packages through the U.S. Postal Service to an address in Juneau. Detectives intercepted one of the packages shipped from a Shoreline Post Office and discovered the package contained narcotics that had been formed and disguised as commercially made chocolates.

Postal inspectors tracked the package from Seattle to the Juneau address. On Feb. 28, officers from the Juneau Police Department assisted Postal inspectors with a search warrant service in Juneau while detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office and members of its SWAT team served a warrant at a motel in the 6300 block of South 212th in Kent. Detectives arrested a man at the scene of the Kent warrant service and another man was arrested in Juneau.

The investigation uncovered approximately 745 grams of heroin, 135 grams of methamphetamine, 90 grams of cocaine and 300 grams of ephedrine.

The Sheriff's Office didn't release information about the February arrest until Wednesday because in many drug investigations there are loose ends that need to be tied up before details can be released to the public, according to DB Gates, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Postal inspectors continue to investigate the case.

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