Skip to comments.Tukwila Raids: Motel Owners Accused of Hosting Drug, Sex Activity
Posted on 08/29/2013 6:14:03 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie
Raids of three Tukwila, Wash., motels Tuesday morning involved hundreds of local police officers and federal agents. The three owners and a fourth person were arrested, suspected of being involved with drugs, prostitution, and money-laundering.
The raids came after agents spent a year gathering evidence on owners of the Boulevard Motel, the Travelers Choice Motel and the Great Bear Motor Inn.
Officials said those three motels accounted for 17 percent of emergency calls in Tukwila in 2011 and 2012...
About 400 officers and agents participated in the investigation, though not all attended Tuesday's raid, which began shortly after street crews set up traffic cones to make it look like road work had been scheduled to begin.
"Today we seek to hold the hotel owners accountable for their crimes, strip them of their criminal dens and make this area of the community safer," U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement.
In addition to crimes that included rape, robbery, and assault, police also found five dead bodies at the locations between 2009-13.
Investigators believe the motel owners allowed the premises to be used for using and selling illegal drugs and that they were able to "profit handsomely" from the illegal activity, according to the case file.
According to an affidavit, owners and managers would get $10 from patrons who sought drugs or sex, then guide the customer to a specific room.
Citing witnesses, KOMO News said the owners would also receive a fee from the dealer or sex worker based on the number of customers each day.
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400 police officers to stop/shut down a motel from taking a $10 cut?
Hey! It took them a year. They had to keep a really close eye on ALL the activity that took place.
You know, cameras, microphones, darkened unmarked vans.
The crime was that there wasn’t enough margin left for the cops.
That’s right in the area where the Somali mosque is located. Big Somali community there. Some of them even work at Sea-Tac Int’l. Airport where there are a couple of mosques on the grounds.
That part of town along Hwy 99 has been crime-ridden for a very long time.