Details on area's gang sweep remain unclear

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WALLA WALLA - Details on Thursday's multi-agency gang sweep that resulted in numerous arrests across Eastern Washington are still unclear, as the documents in those cases remain tied up in federal court.

On Friday, an FBI spokesman stated that while many of those arrested don't fit the typical gang mold, most of the 25 suspects apprehended had some type of connection with gang activity, possibly for the receiving of illegal drugs.

"It is a safe bet or a relatively accurate statement that most of the illegal drugs that we see on the street today emanate from offshore and frequently from Mexico," FBI senior resident agent Frank Harrill said.

On Thursday, numerous federal, state and regional police agencies joined forces to arrest individuals out of Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, the Tri-Cities and Spokane.

The sweep also resulted in the confiscation of several pounds of methamphetamine, roughly 40 weapons and one live hand grenade, Harrill said.

Among those arrested who have connections to the Walla Walla Valley were Christopher Brotherton, 32, who was arrested in the Tri-Cities; William Childs, 40, of Kennewick; Keith Hall, 42, of Walla Walla; and Clayton D. Sibbett, 42, of Weston.

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