QUINCY, Wash. – Three men were jailed and about 6 lbs. of methamphetamine confiscated during a joint investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Eduardo Garcia Gonzalez, 25, and Santos Gomez, 33, both of Quincy, and Matsu C.K. Thornton, 31, of Waterville, were arrested Mar. 6 in Quincy after authorities said they participated in the sale of over one pound of meth.
Following the arrests in Quincy, investigators followed up leads which led to raids in Waterville and the Yakima Valley. Officials said about 6 lbs. of meth with a street value of over $80,000 were seized. Also seized during the operations were a ballistic vest, two firearms, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, over $2,500 in cash and two vehicles, bringing the total estimated value of drugs and assets seized to over $100,000.
The suspects were booked into the Grant County Jail on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. When arrested, investigators said Garcia Gonzalez was found carrying a gun, so he faced a charge of delivery of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm. Detectives are also looking into suspected gang connections of Gonzalez and Gomez.
Because of the size and scope of the investigation, Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) joined forces with the Columbia River Drug Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Investigations, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies, Quincy Police and Wenatchee Police.
“This was a big investigation involving a lot of agencies, and those partnerships helped take a large amount of meth and three suspects off the street,” said Sheriff Tom Jones.
INET includes detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Quincy Police Department, Moses Lake Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.