Yakima authorities have seized what they describe as a large weapons cache from a transnational crime organization trying to establish itself in Yakima. A press release from the Yakima Police Department says they partnered with Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives to serve two federal search warrants at two locations in Yakima on September 9.

Authorities found weapons, cash and drugs but made no arrests

During the search of the unknown locations "Special Agents seized 27 high powered rifles, 2 shotguns and 9 handguns. Also seized during the warrants was US currency, methamphetamine and fentanyl."
They say the search warrants are related to an ongoing investigation into the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, who are smuggling narcotics from Mexico into the United States. The gang members are busy in Yakima. Police say they're stealing high-end late model vehicles for use in smuggling narcotics throughout the United States.
No arrests were made but authorities say "suspects have been identified and indictments are anticipated."

The seizure of weapons is a big accomplishment for authorities

"Large weapons caches and fentanyl are a dangerous combination which continues to fuel the violence and crime increases in our communities,” says Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “We are grateful for the partnership with ATF and the Yakima Police Department as when we are unified in our goals it is the community that wins.”

The Yakima Police Chief says the area is safer as a result

“One cannot look at the results of this search warrant and fail to recognize the scope and gravity of the seizure. I have no doubt that Yakima is a whole lot safer and that these collaborative investigations are instrumental in reducing violent crime”, says Yakima Police Chief Murray. “Hats off to HSI as they continue to produce incredible results from their national network of investigators! ”The partnership between HSI and the Yakima Police Department with assistance from the ATF, led to the success of the operation.

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