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Tukwila motels raided in drug, prostitution sting

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Published on Aug 27, 2013

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies conducted drug and prostitution raids at motels along Highway 99 in Tukwila Tuesday morning. At least three people have been taken into custody.

The motels are the Great Bear Motor Inn, Boulevard Motel and the Travelers Choice Motel. Tukwila police say the motels account for 17 percent of the calls they were receiving. Police say the owners of the motels were involved.
"We know there's activity going on. We've been addressing the activity. Once the owners get involved, it becomes a little more difficult and we wanted to make sure we had all our ducks in a row," said Tukwila Police Commander Eric Drever.
Police say they are also helping those who may have been exploited for sex and are investigating whether there was human trafficking involved.
"It's about time they've done something here," said neighbor Don Owens. "This is terrible. You can't come out of your house without seeing condoms on the ground. People doing dates all up and down the road. And it's dangerous. My wife went to the store and one of the guys came around and said, 'Hey. You working?'"
Some 400 personnel from the King County Sheriff's Office, FBI, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the year-long investigation.

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