'That level of violence is terrifying': Mexican cartel targets tranquil Puget Sound city

February 10, 2024

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A Mexican super cartel brought its deadly drugs and violence to the tranquil and remote waterfront community of Port Orchard, a 90-minute ferry ride west of Seattle. She said the violence drug ring members were willing to use to protect their business, was "extremely disturbing." Another time, drug ring member Jose Elias Barbosa attempted to seize a woman's car because she owed a drug debt. In sentencing memos for some of the key drug ring members, prosecutors attempted to describe the harm they had done to the community. Considering an amount of fentanyl as small as 2 milligrams can kill, Marentes' drug ring brought in an estimated 465,000 potentially lethal doses.