The Spokesman Review reports that nine people taken into custody in Spokane were arraigned Thursday in federal court and ordered held for bail hearings. A U.S. magistrate entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. Officials said 12 people in all were charged in Spokane; three were already in custody on other charges.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood says the raids are part of a joint investigation in Eastern Washington and Los Angeles.
Spokane raids targeted 16 residences.
Federal officials say one Mountlake Terrace residence was raided and one person was taken into custody there.
A federal grand jury in Spokane issued a 32-count indictment in January.
The government says it is seeking forfeiture of $20 million, described as the proceeds from the drug dealing.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
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