A Ridgefield man is one of 27 people indicted by a grand jury in connection with a drug trafficking ring tied to a white supremacist prison gang.
Over the past five days, authorities have arrested 24 of the people indicted in Washington and Arizona, including Ronaldo McComb, 58, of Ridgefield, according to a Department of Justice news release.
The leader of the drug trafficking organization is an influential member of the Aryan Family prison gang, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
McComb was indicted in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on conspiracy to distribute controlled substances — fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance.
The indictment states McComb distributed fentanyl on Jan. 30 in Clark County. It also alleges on Feb. 7, 2022, in Lewis County that McComb possessed fentanyl and heroin with intent to distribute.
On Wednesday, an operation involving 10 SWAT teams and more than 350 officers took place at 18 locations in Washington and Arizona, the news release states. The sting resulted in the seizure of 177 firearms, more than 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, 11 kilograms of fentanyl pills, more than a kilogram of fentanyl powder, three kilograms of heroin and more than $330,000 in cash.
Over the year the gang was under investigation, officers had already seized 830,000 fentanyl pills, 5½ pounds of fentanyl powder, 223 pounds of methamphetamine, 3½ pounds of heroin, 5 pounds of cocaine, $388,000 in cash and 48 firearms, the news release states.