Tukwila Garden Store Target Of Pot Bust
TUKWILA â€“ Police busted up a major indoor marijuana-growing operation today, including shutting down Greenhouse & Garden Supply, a Tukwila garden shop located at 4451 South 134th Place (map below).
Fifteen people were indicted. A second garden shop in Auburn, Scitek Garden Supply, was also raided and shut down.
Two indictments unsealed today in federal court outline what the U.S. attorney’s office is calling “Operation Green Reaper,” which involved thousands of pot plants.
Over the past 15 months agents have raided at least 27 houses from Auburn to Lynnwood that they allege were part of the operation.
Between August 2006 and February of this year, agents say that more than $1 million moved through personal and business accounts associated with Scitek Garden Supply.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy and money-laundering.
Already in custody before today’s raids were Thiet Van Tran and Quyen The Nguyen. They and the others arrested today will appear before a U.S. Magistrate this afternoon.
The indictments identified Nguyen as the owner of Greenhouse & Garden Supply, and is accused of providing horticultural supplies to indoor marijuana growers, including “starter marijuana plants.” Similar allegations are made in the indictment against Scitek and its various owners.
The U.S. Attorneys Office will hold a news conference on the busts this afternoon.