San Juan Island siblings arrested in alleged drug deal

How much would you pay for 1,000 pills of blackmarket Oxycodone, at 30 milligrams each?

Local authorities claim two San Juan Island siblings were prepared to pay $15 a pill in what they believed would be an illicit drug deal with a supposed mainland drug supplier, Tuesday, at the Friday Harbor ferry landing.

Instead, the two siblings, a brother and sister, were arrested as San Juan County Sheriff's detective and DEA agents converged near the ferry terminal as part of an undercover drug sting. The siblings were reportedly carrying nearly $15,000 in cash at the time of the arrest, according to charging documents filed in Superior Court in the wake of the arrest.

The brother, 23, is slated to be arraigned Friday on a pair of felonies, attempting to illegally obtain a prescription drug and possession of a dangerous weapon. He allegedly had "metal knuckles" in a pocket of his pants at the time of the arrest. His sister, 24, faces a charge of attempting to obtain a legend drug. She is slated for arraignment Nov. 4.

According to court documents, the two became the target of an undercover sting after the Seattle Police Department drug enforcement task force was alerted that a 24-year-old San Juan woman was looking to buy a large quantity of Oxycodone. That tip came from an informant, who, according to court documents, later agreed to play the part of a drug supplier.

Local detectives assisted in the bust at the request of the SPD task force.

Bail was set at $5,000 each at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Superior Court. Both posted bail and had been released as of Wednesday.

— Scott Rasmussen


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