It’s been just over a year since the Drug Market Initiative made a marked reduction in drug traffic around 23rd & Union, and now in a CDNews exclusive, we’ve learned that Seattle Police have just completed a major follow-up operation that has brought drug charges against seventeen new suspects.
We had previously reported that after six months of rave reviews about DMI from neighbors in the area, the drug activity started coming back earlier this year. At the time SPD leadership acknowledged the problem but would only give cryptic references that work was underway to correct it.
Now we know that police were referring to “Operation Safe Union” which began in April and involved patrol officers and narcotics detectives to investigate the ongoing drug activity in the 23rd & Union corridor. Cases were developed through coordinated buy-bust operations and other tools, leading to the new charges against a group of seventeen suspects.
SPD has provided a sample of backgrounds of some of the suspects who were picked up:
- Two are convicted murderers
- Two are convicted rapists
- Three have robbery convictions
- Two have previously assaulted officers
- Seven are on probation with the state Department of Corrections for felony offenses
- One was already under federal indictment
- One had his young daughter in tow during two suspected drug deals
We’re working to get additional details on those who have been charged and see where they are in the legal system. Stay tuned for more…