Northwest NEWS

August 10, 1998

Local News

Local officer receives kudos from DEA

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   WOODINVILLE--A King County Sheriff's deputy whose information led to the seizure of 11.5 pounds of methamphetamines with a street value of $500,000 was given commendation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for his work recently.
   In April, Dave Hoag, who was working in a proactive drug unit at the time, heard that an individual in the Seattle area was dealing methamphetamines. After a joint DEA/Sheriff's office investigation, at least five people were arrested and the speed was taken off the street.
   Hoag, who is assigned to patrol Woodinville, described the investigation as "very involved," but said it included his working surveillance and tailing people, DEA body wires and helicopters. The case stretched between Kirkland, Olympia and Tacoma.
   He was presented a plaque for his efforts by the head of the Seattle DEA office.
   Sheriff Dave Reichert was on hand. "This is exactly the type of inter-agency cooperation we like to see," said Reichert. "Drug dealers don't stop at jurisdictional boundaries."
   Hoag, 36, credited Det. Simona Long for her efforts on the case.