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SEATTLE (AP) —€” Nineteen people, including three from Shelton and one from Hoodsport, have been arrested and 44 pounds of methamphetamine was seized in connection with a drug distribution ring south of Seattle.

The Department of Justice said in a news release that 17 of the 19 people were arrested Thursday in Washington state while two arrests were made in Arizona and in California.

An investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team into the alleged drug ring began in 2014.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes says 24 search warrants were served in Washington and Arizona in the case.

Hayes says on Thursday, law enforcement also seized over 50 firearms and more than $50,000 in cash.

Those indicted in Washington are from Chehalis, Centralia, Kelso, Olympia, Port Orchard, Shelton, Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Poulsbo, and Hoodsport. 

Those arrested Thursday will make their initial appearances Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. 

Those charged in the indictment include:

William Hagmann, 54 of Shelton

Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58 of Shelton

Karen Kenmir, 55 of Shelton

Teresa Goos, 55 of Hoodsport

Jose Ernesto Mozequeda Vasquez, 34, of Chehalis

Jesus Beltran, 34, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Antonio De La Mora, 41, of Centralia

Juan Salud Garcia Almanza, 30 of Centralia

Violetta Rosalia Guardarrama, 32 of Centralia

Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44 of Kelso

Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37 of Chehalis

Collin Mesinas, 28 of Olympia

Audrea Lynn Natins, 41 of Port Orchard

Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36 of Port Orchard

Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52 of Bremerton

Mark Agnew, 51 of Gig Harbor

Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22 of Poulsbo

Derek Johnson, 29 of Gig Harbor

Thursday’s searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, Arizona, and California, and involved officers from Mason County Sheriff's Office, Shelton Police Department, the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Vancouver Police Department, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Thurston Narcotics Team, Lakewood Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office,  Bremerton Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team , and the Lakewood Police Department.

A 19th defendant, Gerardo Enrique Flore, 26, of Chula Vista, Calif., was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance on a criminal complaint in the Southern District of California.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

It was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.

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