Two dozen people, including a former prison guard and the wife of the alleged ringleader, were arrested in raids against the Aryan Family, a white racist prison gang.
A grand jury has indicted the suspects in a drug trafficking case, the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release this week.
Among those captured was suspected ringleader Jesse James Bailey, whom authorities said was an influential member of the Aryan family who sold vast quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs in Washington, Idaho and Alaska, authorities said. Bailey’s wife, Candice Bailey, was also arrested, officials said. She is a former Washington state correctional officer who resigned in 2014 while she was under investigation, a spokesman told Law&Crime in an email.
“The sheer volume of narcotics seized in this investigation is shocking,” said Jacob Galvan, the DEA’s Deputy Special Counsel in Seattle. “The fentanyl seized in that operation contained enough lethal doses to kill everyone living in Tacoma and Seattle, and left enough lethal doses to poison another half a million people.”
Richard Collodi, a special agent at the FBI’s Seattle field office, said some suspects were allegedly operated on while they were in prison.
Washington State Attorney General Cheryl Strange said inmate use of fentanyl is a serious problem.
“The removal of a major supplier of this deadly drug is a major victory for all Washingtonians,” Strange said.
The suspects are between 24 and 64 years old. Three were wanted. The rest are in custody, the US Attorney said.
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