SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- T.J. Hodson is the face of heroin in Snohomish County.
The bright, bushy haired 18-year-old kid from Brier was raised by a good family - a family that couldn't believe it when they heard the word heroin.
He was a good kid, said his father Tommy. He wasn't on the streets. He had love, he always had everything.
T.J. died last year while experimenting with heroin with a group of friends because it was so cheap. He was less than a quarter of a mile from home.
He was everything I put my heart into my whole life, said Tommy with tears in his eyes.
Snohomish County has seen a wave of heroin related overdoses and at least three deaths over the pasttwo years. City of Snohomish Police conducted one raid last summer, netting four arrests.
Now, an undercover operation originating in the small riverfront city, population 9,000, took downeleven dealers, and removed about $140,000 of heroin seized from the street.
Police used a confidential informant, staging buys in restaurants, public parks and restrooms. One of those arrested was driving a Lexus with a Law Enforcement Memorial license plate.
Among the accused, is an 18-year-old who was allegedly busted red-handed dealing dope out of AIM High School in Snohomish. Police say he dealt to students and others who would text him and then meet him on campus.
The eight-month investigation started with a single tip from a concerned parent who gave police a number from her child's cell phone. Police say it all adds up to one major message.
If you come to this town and you decide to deal drugs, we will find you. We will come after you and we will take you to jail, said Snohomish Det. Dave Fontenot.
Police are still looking for one suspected dealer. The say they've observed Mackenzie McGregor, 23, selling heroin and Oxycontin in Snohomish. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the detectives below. You can remain confidential.
Det. Dave Fontenot: 425-328-6579 firstname.lastname@example.org
Det. Kendra Conley: 425-328-6528 email@example.com