News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Yakima Resident Indicted in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

MAR 4 -- (Seattle) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that on February 27, 2009 Jesus Alberto Luna-Lara, was arraigned in U.S District Court in Seattle on a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Luna-Lara is one of seven people who have been indicted as part of a drug distribution ring operating in King County dubbed “Operation Park and Ride”. The investigation took its name from the fact that drug deals were occurring at transit Park and Ride lots. In some instances, drug customers were directed to park in various eastside neighborhoods and walk around, waiting for the drug distributor to pick them up and supply the drugs.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin said, “This successful investigative accomplishment is a direct reflection of the coalitions established between our state and local partners and the DEA. We are acutely aware that this type of effort is essential to effectively combat drug trafficking in our communities.”

In June 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the East Side Narcotics Task Force initiated the investigation through purchases of heroin from the organization. On January 25, 2009, Luna-Lara was arrested in California, as he drove home to Washington with 8 kilograms of cocaine in his car. The next day, the following six defendants were arrested:

Lucio Camarillo Jr., 25, of Yakima, WA
Alejandro Cisneros-Medina, 18, of Kent, WA
Romeo Lopez de la Luz, 39, of Tukwila, WA
Michael Chinn, 49, of Seattle, WA
Kurt Preugshcat, 34, of Portland, OR
Michael McConaghy, 25, of Tacoma, WA

“This was an excellent example of team work and cooperation between the East Side Narcotics Task Force and the DEA,” said East Side Narcotics Task Force Commander Steve Lynch. “We commend the investigators and supervisors involved in this operation for their dedication and professionalism. The success of this case was directly related to the mutual hard work and collaboration of the respected case agent and detectives and we could not be prouder of these men and women.”

The East Side Narcotics Task Force is comprised of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Mercer Island Police Departments and the King County Sheriff’s Office.