Several were arrested Wednesday on indictments and criminal complaints charging an extensive drug dealing conspiracy by defendants who often illegally possessed firearms, according to the United States Department of Justice.
Investigators from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Seattle Police Department and other agencies served about 90 search warrants across Puget Sound.
Nineteen defendants are charged in four related indictments with both drug and gun crimes. Several defendants have criminal histories that prevent them from legally possessing firearms, the DOJ stated.
According to the DOJ, 16 of 19 people were named in the indictments, and five additional defendants were arrested on criminal complaints.
“Too often the intersection of drug dealing and gun possession leads to violence in our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. “These defendants enriched themselves by feeding the addictions of the vulnerable and harming community health and safety. Community safety remains a priority for the Department of Justice.”
Those named in the indictments, which were unsealed, include:
Eugene McGee, 54, of Federal Way, Washington.
Larry W. Collins, 48, of Seattle, Washington.
Johnathan F. Harrington, 43, of Seattle, Washington.
Randolph P. Brown, 48, of Federal Way, Washington.
Marco Calvert-Majors, 51, of Seattle, Washington.
David A. Kelley, 52, of Seattle, Washington.
Adam Anderson-Dotson, 41, of Seattle, Washington.
Jerrell G. Ingram, 42, of Seattle, Washington.
Kefentse Lumumba-Olabisi, 40, of Tacoma, Washington.
Kenneth N. Lee, 58, of Tacoma, Washington.
Edward Coleman, 65, of Tacoma, Washington.
Jimmy J. Carter, 42, of Spanaway, Washington.
Kevin L. Gipson, 45, of Seattle, Washington.
Curtis G. Snipes, 50, of Tacoma, Washington.
Richard D. Lewis, 47, of Seattle, Washington.
Yusef H. Parrish, 51, of Seattle, Washington.
Terry Cameron, 61, of Federal Way, Washington.
Michael L. Hopkins, 51, of Tacoma, Washington.
Jamar J. Howard, 48, of Renton, Washington.
The DOJ stated the defendants are all charged with drug distribution counts involving possession of cocaine and crack cocaine. Brown, Kelley, Parrish and Snipes are charged with gun possession crimes, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The five defendants arrested on criminal complaints include:
Craig Jordan, 51, of Seattle.
Carlos Daniels, 51, of Bellevue.
Devon Evans, 46, of Seattle.
Cesar Clemente, 41, of Renton, Washington.
Terry Ezell, 54, of Seattle.
Before Wednesday, 33 firearms were seized from identified drug trafficker. And Wednesday, another 40 firearms were seized by law enforcement.
“The Seattle Police Department values its partnerships with federal and local law enforcement agencies because, by working together, we increase the likelihood of arresting violent offenders and taking weapons out of their hands,” said Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz. “Not only are these suspects and their guns off the streets, but so are dangerous narcotics, including fentanyl tablets and the tools to manufacture them. Our communities have been devastated by a recent rise in fentanyl deaths. The SPD is certain this joint effort saved lives, and we’re gratified the months of hard work by our officers and partners paid off.”