TUKWILA – The Federal Government now owns three Tukwila motels and is looking to sell.
That’s the fallout, after three Seatac men plead guilty to allowing drug activity to occur at the three motels. The Great Bear Motor Inn, Travelers Choice Motel, and Boulevard Motel have all been closed since last summer.
Federal Agents raided all three, and accused the owners of promoting drug use, and prostitution. Federal Prosecutors would later allege that the men, Kulwinder Saroya, his brother Jaspal Singh, and manager Lakhvir Pawar, were involved in a vast conspiracy to maintain drug involved premises.
Court documents allege the men would collect $10 to people who would come to the property seeking drugs or sex services, and in some instances, take a percentage of the earnings.
On Tuesday, Saroya was sentenced to a year in prison, and the men all agreed to forfeit the property, and thousands of dollars. Federal Agents put the total forfeiture at $4.5 million.
US Attorney Jenny Durkan indicated the government does not intend to hold onto the property for long. David Cline, Tukwila City Administrator, says he hopes the city will be able to purchase the property and bulldoze the three buildings.
Singh and Pawar will be sentenced next month.