Oxycontin raid results in 12 Spokane area arrests


by KREM.com


Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 11:51 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local authorities worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles Police Department to bust up a widespread oxycontin ring.

Authorities executed federal search warrants on Thursday according to DEA agents and searched 30 places in Los Angeles and one in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

The Spokane Regional Drug Task Force executed 16 searches according to DEA agents. Authorities search buildings at 14th and Raymond, Lacey and Indiana, Buckeye and Cuba, Olympic and Cincinnati and West 1st and Washington.

The Oxycontin sweep resulted in 41 people being taken into custody between the two states. Twelve of those suspects were found in Spokane according to a DEA press release. Authorities revealed nine of the Spokane suspect’s names:

Arvin Camen
Amber Branch
Katriel Bulley
Brandon Chavez
David Colbert
Sally Guthrie
Marlon Johnson
Harry Johnwell
Mercedes Reeves

The charges for all of the suspects range from possession of a controlled substance to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

An indictment showed that beginning in 2008 through January 25th Arvin Carmen "unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally engaged in continuing criminal enterprise."

An unsealed indictment showed that Carmen possessed a mixture of oxycodone hydrochloride pills on multiple dates. The documents outlined that Carmen intended to distribute the drugs. The documents stated that authorities seized $107,270 from Carmen on September 27th, 2012. They seized another $7,362 on October 3rd.

Sally Guthrie owns a Flamin' Joes franchise in Spokane. Her home, the location near 1st and Washington, was among those searched. Some of the suspects involved in this ring face a minimum of 20 years in prison and millions in fines.

 “Members of this ring regularly circulate between Los Angeles and Spokane to fuel their customer’s insatiable appetite and pharmaceutical addiction,” said Seattle DEA Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Barnes. “For too long, their web of destruction has fed upon, and profited from the misery of many Washingtonians, only to leave a surplus of illegally obtained pain killers and ruined lives in their wake. I would like to commend the ongoing cooperative efforts of our federal, state and local partners to keep our communities safe.”

The suspects arrested in Spokane faced a judge on Friday. They return to court in early March according to court documents.