In a recent drug bust in Snohomish County, Washington, a K-9 unit from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force was exposed to fentanyl while searching a home in Everett.
The K-9, named Canine Only, had to be revived with Narcan after nearly overdosing from the exposure.
The search of the residence led to a significant seizure of illicit substances, including half a million fentanyl-laced pills, 22 pounds of meth, six pounds of cocaine, nearly a pound of heroin, and over a pound of fentanyl powder.
The operation, involving several law enforcement agencies, uncovered a major drug trafficking organization tied to a man named Steve Parker.
Parker, who was living a double life, allegedly operated a drug house while posing as a pastor helping individuals with addiction issues.
The investigation began in late 2022, and authorities found evidence linking the distribution of drugs to various counties, including Skagit County.
The search of Parker’s apartment revealed a cache of money, firearms, and drugs, which were accessible to a five-year-old child living in the residence.
Officials described the quantity of drugs seized as significant, with more than half a million pills confiscated.
In addition to the fentanyl-laced pills, law enforcement discovered 10 kilograms of meth, 2.8 kilograms of cocaine, over a pound of fentanyl powder, six firearms, and over $250,000 in cash.
During the operation, Canine Only played a crucial role in assisting with the drug seizure.
However, after spending approximately ten minutes inside the home, the K-9 became unresponsive.
The handler administered Narcan to revive the dog, requiring three doses due to the potent effects of fentanyl exposure.
Even the smallest amount of contact with fentanyl can lead to an overdose, highlighting the danger faced by law enforcement in such operations.
The arrest of several individuals involved in the drug trafficking organization has taken place, but their cases are still pending prosecution at the federal level.
Child Protective Services intervened to ensure the safety of the five-year-old boy found in the residence, transferring his custody to another parent.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office considers this drug bust to be their largest to date.
In comparison to the entire year of 2022, where 350,000 pills possibly laced with fentanyl were seized, this operation far surpassed previous records.
Authorities vow to keep the public updated on further developments in this case, which represents a significant step in combating drug trafficking in the region.
(Source: FOX 13 Seattle)