Manager of Tukwila motel pleads guilty in motel raids



TUKWILA, Wash. - The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday that the manager of a Tukwila motel raided in late August will plead to maintaining drug-involved premises.

Lakhvir Pawar, 41, of Burien, was the manager of the Boulevard Motel on International Boulevard. 

On Aug. 27, it was one of three Tukwila motels were raided after a months-long investigation that authorities said uncovered prostitution and drugs. The motels were shut down by federal authorities. 

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According to the U.S. Attorney, Pawar admitted he charged guests a fee to point them to the rooms where they could buy drugs. 

Pawar will forfeit his share of the the motel and about $90,000 seized during the raids under the terms of a plea agreement. 

Prosecutors will recommend a prison term of not more than a year and a day in prison and will not go after two other motels owned by Pawar’s family.

KIRO 7 went to those motels in north Seattle and Seatac to find Pawar and ask him about the Plea deal.  No one at either motel knew where he was.  KIRO 7 also went to his house.  An elderly woman appeared to check around back for Pawar, but when she returned she said she did not speak English and ask KIRO 7 to leave.

A judge, who is not bound to the recommendation, can impose up to a 20-year maximum when Pawar is sentenced before the court on Feb. 28, 2014.