Fremont Police announce a major drug bust and the eradication of a prescription pill distribution system that operated across the United States.
This morning at 6, 16 alleged drug dealers got a rude awakening.
This has been a two year investigation with undercover officers allegedly making buys from some of the 16 suspects. This investigation included agents from the DEA, FBI and Secret Service as well as several local agencies.
This morning the task force struck and say they've cleaned up a big part of Fremont's drug trade.
Individuals arrested in Fremont raids include:
Davis Patterson, 31
Dylan Patterson, 23
Chris E.W. Dilley, 36
Michael Andrews, 45
Jesse Rinaker, 32
Darren Stewart, 29
Casey Stewart, 26
Cole Gustafson, 37
Evan Christensen, 31
Thomas Layman Jr., 32
Corey Arnold, 33
Nash Hammond, 22
Donald Wiggins, 50
Daniel Espinoza, 30
Seth Verbeek, 25
Benjamin Desilva, 64
For two years the ten agencies represented in the Fremont City Council Chambers worked together to uncover what they say was an oxycodone distribution system which started with identity theft, then to prescription fraud and finally drug sales in and around Fremont.
Lt. Shane Wimer says, "Individuals had obtained prescriptions from our local area they would go to other states to fill those prescriptions and come back here to sell. they also would take prescriptions from here and other states and deliver them."
A home on the southeast side of Fremont was raided. Neighbors there woke to find police crawling all over the area.
Lori Bunn says, "They were pounding on the door and then before you know it there were cops there and they were coming up with flashlight and guns drawn and went through the house."
In all, 16 people were arrested authorities are withholding their mug shots because the investigation is not over, more people could be arrested in the weeks ahead.
There is a lot about Operation Patt Down still unknown. Authorities seized both drugs and money during this morning's raids but they are not releasing any information on that.