Seattle Police and other law enforcement agencies seized an estimated 30,000 fentanyl pills and arrested a suspected drug trafficker Aug. 3 in Tukwila.
During the months-long investigation, narcotics detectives with the Seattle Police Department, special agents assigned to both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, along with members of the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team, identified a large supplier of fentanyl operating in King County, according to the Aug. 7 Seattle Police Blotter.
David Garcia-Garcia, 46, a Mexican citizen, faces a charge of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, according to an Aug. 4 U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Officers executed a search warrant and reportedly located the pills in the suspect’s pick-up truck. The approximate street value of the seized narcotics is $200,000, according to the Seattle Police.
According to records filed in the case, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force became aware that a dealer known as “Daby,” was offering fentanyl for sale, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Agents were able to identify Daby as an alias for Garcia-Garcia. A meeting was arranged with Garcia-Garcia near a restaurant in Tukwila to review the goods for a possible drug sale. Following the drug meeting, officers moved in and arrested Garcia-Garcia and impounded his truck.
Because of the amount of fentanyl involved, if found guilty, Garcia-Garcia faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and up to 40 years in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Garcia-Garcia faces deportation following any prison term.