• Suitcases containing $1 million worth of meth found in Washington forest

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    MAZAMA, Wash. - A K-9 unit with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office helped Homeland Security Investigations find two suitcases full of methamphetamine in the Okanogan National Forest on Monday. 

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    In a news release, deputies said the suitcases contained 186 pounds of meth, with a street value of around $1 million.

    The meth was found in a heavily brushed area near the town of Mazama, officials said. 

    Mazama is an unincorporated community located about 14 miles northwest of Winthrop. 

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    Sgt. Gene Davis and his K-9 partner Gunner, who have been working together for more than six years, found the meth as part of a cross-border air smuggling investigation. 

    The Sheriff’s Office said K-9 Gunner was purchased with funds raised by Okanogan County citizens. 

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