Undercover agents bust drug trafficking operation at Belltown nightclub
SEATTLE - Police and special agents arrested 12 people and seized large quantities of narcotics, along with guns and $60,000 in cash after a drug trafficking bust at a Belltown nightclub on Wednesday, according to Seattle Police.
Detectives said management at the The Foundation Nightclub on Western Avenue was aware of the drug dealing going on inside, which included several club employees.
Investigators said one dealer bragged about his close relationship with the club's owner and even coached undercover officers in how to dose women using GHB, the so-called date-rape drug.
The investigation began back in March, after police received reports of drug trafficking inside the club and ongoing concerns city-wide of overdoses and sexual assaults linked to drugs like GHB.
In a series of under cover operations, police purchased cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and GHB inside or near the club. Detectives said all the drugs were either purchased from employees at the club, including security, or facilitated by employees or managers who introduced undercover officers to dealers.
Police also said they learned the Foundation Nightclub had several in-house dealers who were allowed to bypass club security and sell inside the venue.
On Wednesday, police and Homeland Security special agents served warrants at several locations and seized two handguns, $60,000 in cash an large amounts of drugs including:
- 829 grams of cocaine
- 1,000 grams of MDMA
- 400 ecstacy pills
- 800 Xanax pills
- 190 grams of ketamine
- 13 grams of DMT
- 176 grams of GHB
- 1,200 Molly capsules
- Additional prescription drugs
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has also suspended the club's liquor license. The Foundation Nightclub announced in a Facebook post that it's shutting down while police investigate, but hopes to reopen again soon.