A Capitol Hill parking lot was the scene for a big drug bust last Tuesday afternoon that authorities say resulted in the seizure of more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine.
The U.S. Attorney announced that Adrian Perez, 41, was arrested and charged for possession of cocaine with with intent to distribute after a March 13th bust in the parking lot behind the Vox Apartments at 15th and Pine in which police say the suspect “tried to take possession of 18 kilos of cocaine he intended to transport for a Canadian drug trafficking organization” —
The next day, the U.S. Attorney said, the Seattle Police Department officers served a search warrant at a rental property in the Leschi neighborhood. Inside officers reportedly found three large duffle bags containing 150 pounds of methamphetamine and $4,000 in cash. Homeland Security obtained a court authorized warrant to search the vehicle Perez was driving. and found an additional 165 pounds of methamphetamine.
“Drug trafficking organizations use the I-5 corridor to ship large quantities of their poisons into our communities — from San Diego to Bellingham and beyond,” U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a statement. “We work closely with our international, federal, state and local counterparts to identify those involved and disrupt their efforts.”
Perez faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison if convicted due to the amount of drugs involved, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. He is currently in federal detention, according to court documents.