The Takwila raids on Tuesday morning emptied three motels in Washington, which did little more than breed crime. Police planned the Takwila raids for more than a year and their elaborate staging of this sting worked in cleaning out three hotbeds for crime to fester, according to The Inquisitr on Aug, 28.
These Tukwila raids weren't just to round up the motel guests, as the owners of these establishments were just as involved in the drug selling, money laundering and prostitution that sparked these raids to begin with. After a year-long investigation, police knew right where they were going and who they were going after, making the Tukwila raids a success. The number of arrests were not immediately made available, but law enforcement did what they had set out to do, take the three motels out of circulation.
This elaborate sting entail cops setting up traffic cones and staging roadwork on the 14400 block of Tukwila International Boulevard, where all three of these motels are located. Over 400 law enforcement officers came down on these hotels, including SWAT teams with an armored vehicle stationed outside of one of the locations they were raiding in Tukwila on Tuesday morning.
It didn't take long after a bunch of officers raided the motels for them to come out with people in hand cuffs and lead away in the many law enforcement vehicles waiting.
All three of the motels will be seized by agents and boarded up, then they will eventually be part of a public sale. For now, the vacated hotels will no longer act as the city's epicenter for crime. Court papers identified the establishments as the Boulevard Motel, the Great Bear Motor Inn and the Travelers Choice Motel. From 2001 to 2013, these three motels were responsible for 17 percent of calls for police in Tukwila. One might say that the Tukwila raid took a big bite out of crime!
Police report that the motel owners participated in these crimes making their property fair game for being seized. Along with drug sales, the other crimes reported at the motels were rape, robbery, gun crimes and possession of stolen property, along with a few other criminal acts.
U.S Attorney, Jenny A. Durkkan, proudly spoke out about the raids in a statement:
“Today we seek to hold the hotel owners accountable for their crimes, strip them of their criminal dens and make this area of the community safer”
The Special Agent in charge at the Tukwila raids, Jim Modzelewski, said:
“These businesses have been a haven for violence and gang activity for several years. Today’s operation should have a lasting positive impact on crime in Tukwila.”