Tukwila raids: Hundreds of police officers descended on three crime-plagued hotels in Tukwila, Wash. this morning, raiding hotel rooms with search warrants and hauling off a number of suspected criminals, reports The Seattle Times on Aug. 27.
The Boulevard Motel, the Travelers Choice Motel and the Great Bear Motor Inn, all located on Tukwila International Boulevard, were under surveillance for the better part of a year. At 6:30 a.m., area roads were cordoned off for what appeared to be routine road work – a ruse set up by local authorities.
A coordinated and swift raid on the hotels netted both the hotel owners, as well as renters, all suspected of being involved in a host of illegal activities, including drugs, prostitution and money-laundering. Three dead bodies were also recovered from one of the hotels.
Over 400 police officers, including the Tukwila SWAT team, shut down all three hotels. The city plans to board them up and auction the buildings off.
Incredibly, documents filed in U.S. District Court show that the combined three motels accounted for a whopping 17 percent of all 911 calls to Tukwila police over the last few years.
“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,” said ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Jim Modzelewski.