Burien Police make major drug bust, seize guns, $400,000 in cash
The Burien Police Department seized $400,000 in cash, along with drugs and guns after serving a search warrant on a car and two homes this week.
Police became suspicious after finding the large amount of cash hidden in a concealed space in a car after a routine traffic stop.
Detectives then served search warrants at two different homes on Friday (April 18) – one in SeaTac and the other in Seattle – using the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team to assist.
Police seized cocaine, a large illegal marijuana growing operation, cash and guns at the homes.
One of the occupants was an admitted gang member with convictions for murder. Another man found living in one of the homes is a Level 1 sex offender. Police say that he wasn’t registered to live at that address and had incriminating evidence suggesting he was in violation of his release conditions.
“We were extremely pleased to give him a ride to the ‘pokey,’” said Capt. Bryan Howard. “We think his probation officer will be having a serious discussion with him.”
“It’s always a good day when we can lock people like that up and take illegal drugs and guns off the street,” Howard added. “Long hours were put into this investigation which has concluded very nicely. Now we are on to some new criminals. Another example of the great work by our plain clothes unit, who we call our Special Emphasis Team (SET)!”
“If we prevail at a seizure hearing, we can use this money to support future drug investigations. We are also happy to interrupt their illegal operations. Way to go detectives!”