DEA Taskforce Member Accused of Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars Worth of Drugs

Heroin and oxycodone pills


A King County sheriff's deputy targeted by investigators after his roommate – a police informant – was caught shooting heroin in a Bothell parking lot.

Filing charges Wednesday afternoon, King County prosecutors contend ex-deputy Mitchell J. Wright stole tens of thousands of dollars-worth of drugs while working on a Drug Enforcement Administration taskforce. Wright, who was forced to resign from the Sheriff's Office in July, was arrested Monday morning at his Bothell home.

Hired by the Sheriff's Office in November 2002, Wright went to work on the DEA taskforce in 2009. As such, he investigated drug crimes under DEA supervision and was commissioned as a federal officer.

(Hat tip to former Reasoner Mike Riggs)