SEATTLE, WA - As reported by The Seattle Times: "It began three years ago as a probe into illegal, after-hours gambling dens, with an undercover Seattle cop posing as "Brian," a "trust-fund
baby" who wanted nothing more than to party and make a quick buck, according to court documents.
But by the time police and federal agents swooped in with a series of busts on Wednesday and early Thursday, that undercover officer had managed to infiltrate and expose a drug ring that was dealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cocaine and methamphetamine, prosecutors charge.
At the heart of the operation, according to the federal charges filed Thursday, were the operator of the gambling houses and his trusted friend, along with a Honduran man and two of his alleged henchmen, who prosecutors assert are major suppliers of cocaine and methamphetamine.
Those charged in U.S. District Court with a variety of drug and gun charges are Richard W. Wilson, who is alleged to be the operator of the gambling houses in Seattle; his friend Marshall Reinsch; and three Honduran men: Carlos Zavala-Bustillo, Cesar Canterero-Arteaga and Edwan Fletes.
All were ordered held in federal detention. The three Honduran men are allegedly in the country illegally..."
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