Auburn man among 16 arrested in ‘Operation Pink Tiger’

Law enforcement officers made 16 arrests, seized 18 kilos of cocaine and more than $240,000 in cash after completing a 10-month investigation of a drug distribution ring.

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:00am
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Law enforcement officers made 16 arrests, seized 18 kilos of cocaine and more than $240,000 in cash after completing a 10-month investigation of a drug distribution ring.

One of those arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine was Javier Gastelum-Inzuna, 29, of Auburn.

It was all part of the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration recently concluded “Operation Pink Tiger.” The operation took its name from the original target of the probe who went by the nickname “Tigre,” and the fact that cocaine was wrapped in distinctive pink cellophane.

The Burien-based drug ring had ties to Sinaloa, Mexico, an area directly responsible for sourcing drugs to the United States, said Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin.

“The organization was large, well established and was distributing over 30 kilograms of cocaine per month in the greater Seattle area,” Moorin said.

Domingo Bailon-Yanez, 30, of Burien, was identified as the alleged leader of the distribution ring.

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