An investigation by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer revealed that a former deputy with the King County Sheriff’s Department attempted to recruit strippers as mules and dealers in a scheme to transform himself into a drug kingpin.
Mitchell Wright, who also liaised with the Drug Enforcement Agency as a task-force officer, faces numerous state and federal drug charges related to the distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.
Last May, officers in Bothell, Washington found a woman injecting herself with heroin in a truck parked behind McDonald’s. The Dodge Ram was registered to Wright, and the woman was his roommate. This incident sparked an internal investigation that revealed that Wright had removed evidence acquired in DEA drug busts.
He was arrested and charged with felony theft and heroin possession. According to court documents, while in jail Wright stated that he was immune to prosecution because he is an Australian diplomat, “that he had a job lined up in Australia that was going to pay him $400,000 a year and that he had terminal bone cancer and only had six months to live. He then continued that this investigation was one big misunderstanding.”
Wright posted bond, and while free, allegedly continued to use and sell drugs. In December, King County detectives spotted him at the home of a known drug dealer and began actively investigating his activities. Informants told investigators that Wright was recruiting strippers to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in the Shoreline area of Seattle, a market he believed he could corner.
In court papers, “Wright bragged to [the informant] and his criminal associates that he could never be caught or arrested, as he knew all of the tricks that police use to investigate drug dealers.”
He was arrested, again, outside of a hamburger stand on February 5, 2014.
At the time of his arrest, he allegedly claimed his only crime had been to “fall in love and sleep with an informant who is a good person.” He also stated that this “good person” couldn’t testify against him because they were sleeping together, and that “the DEA was a joke.”
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