Final suspect arrested in heroin crackdown in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — Police arrested the last suspect late Tuesday night in a crackdown on heroin trafficking they’ve dubbed “Operation Smack.”

The man, 23, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of selling heroin and oxycodone.

Twelve arrests were made as a result of the investigation that spanned nine months, Snohomish police Cmdr. A. J. Bryant said.

Bryant said he hopes drug dealers get the message not to deal in Snohomish, a town of about 9,200 people.

“The bottom line is simple, ‘Not in our town,’ ” Bryant said.

The man arrested Tuesday is from Snohomish. Police allege he was a major drug dealer in the community. Informants said his sole source of income was drug dealing.

Police allege the suspect made a half-dozen drug deals to three different confidential informants between August and March in Everett and Snohomish, according to court papers.

Like many other suspects in the drug arrests, the suspect told police he is a heroin addict. Others arrested also were between 18 and 25. Many grew up in Snohomish.

Snohomish police seized more than $19,000 in cash and assets during the investigation.

In 2010 about $13,700 was seized from four suspects. After court hearings in those cases, the department netted about $9,900 to help pay for drug enforcement operations.

“The drug dealers are essentially funding their own demise,” Bryant said.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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