A team of federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested nine people Wednesday following an investigation into firearms and narcotics dealing around 23rd and E Union.
According to the FBI’s Seattle division, investigators identified a hierarchy of narcotics distributors operating around 23rd and Union, which led them to a house near Beacon Hill Elementary School. At the house, the task force recovered cocaine, around $22,000 in cash, and an assault rifle.
The operation was a combined effort of the FBI Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, ATF Puget Sound Crime Gun Taskforce, and the Seattle Police Department. The FBI says the investigation is ongoing as law enforcement agencies continue to identify individuals involved.
FBI spokesperson Ayn Dietrich-Williams told CHS those arrested were not necessarily detained at 23rd and Union. “It was all pretty fluid,” she said. The FBI provided the following list of those arrested in the operation:
- Johnny Marshall, 34, arrested for a narcotics and a firearms violation
- Dion White, 40, arrested for a narcotics and a firearms violation
- Cornielous Morris, 31, arrested for robbery
- Roman Allah, 24, arrested for a narcotics violation
- Sandy Varavongsa , 27, arrested for her involvement as Allah’s driver during narcotics purchases
- Robert Mitchell, 43, arrested for a narcotics violation
- Leonidis Major, 28, arrested for possession of stolen property
- Edmund Cummings, 55, arrested for a Washington State Department of Corrections warrant
- Members of the task force also re-booked Derrick Whitner, 22, already housed the at King County Regional Justice Center, for an additional firearms violation