Since Jan. 1, the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) has served 40 search warrants, made 37 felony arrests and seized 35 pounds of heroin, 25.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 18 pounds of cocaine, 106,000 pills suspected to be laced with fentanyl and 19 firearms from alleged drug dealers, according to a press release Wednesday.
In total, the wholesale value of the drugs seized is estimated at $1,313,000, according to JNET.
“The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team’s mission is to impact and reduce the manufacturing, distributing or transporting illegal drugs and guns within Centralia and Chehalis, or around the communities of Lewis County and the State of Washington,” the press release stated.
JNET is composed of law enforcement officers from the Centralia and Chehalis police departments, the Washington State Department of Corrections and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
According to the press release, the investigations have also led to the recovery of “tens of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise that gets traded to drug dealers for drugs.”
“With the goal of saving lives during the national opioid epidemic, it is a priority for JNET to locate and seize any and all pills and powders suspected to contain fentanyl,” according to the press release. “In 2020 and 2021, JNET made eight arrests of suspects that were involved in the deaths of Lewis County residents that had obtained fentanyl laced pills.”
This story will be updated.