Hazel Dell

5 arrested, meth seized in major Vancouver drug raid

5 arrested, meth seized in major Vancouver drug raid
About 2-1/2 pounds of meth was found at a Vancouver residence during a drug raid. (Photo courtesy of Clark-Skamania Regional Drug Task Force)

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Five people were arrested and more than 2-1/2 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in a drug raid in Vancouver.

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force's investigation centered on several auto repair businesses in Hazel Dell that investigators said were used as a front to deal meth.

Following a 10-month investigation, investigators served several search warrants Thursday. The first two suspects, Daladier Torres Ambriz and Feliz Eduardo Ambriz Rodriguez were arrested following a warrant being served at 10808 N.E. 96th St.

Officers said they also found $30,000 in cash and four cars being used to deliver drugs there.

Two more suspects, Jose B. Toscano and Jose Gabriel Aguilar, were arrested at 3415 P St. Police found cellphones, a car used for drug transfers and a handgun, according to a news release from the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.

The fifth suspect, Beningo Blasquez Moreno was arrested at 3400 N.E. 66th Court No. C7. At that residence, investigators found the large quantity of meth in a thermos, a drug scale, cellphones and a laptop computer.

Investigators also raided several auto repair shops in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Northeast 95th Street. Evidence seized at the shop locations included six handguns, one of which was reported stolen in a burglary, about 2 ounces of methamphetamine, a drug scale and drug packaging materials.

Investigators said the main suspect in the case, Ambriz, is believed to be responsible for bringing large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to Clark County where it was distributed through a network of people at the businesses. 

All five suspects were booked in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Ambriz was booked on an additional charge of leading organized crime.