Police arrest 'major player' in Clark Co. meth business

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Detectives said they've been staking out the El Rancho Viejo restaurant in Vancouver for 2 years.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Drug task force detectives arrested a man who they said sold methamphetamine out of a Mexican restaurant, and was a major player in the meth business in Clark County.

Police said they’ve spent the last two years staking out the El Rancho Viejo restaurant, and detectives have bought methamphetamine several times from the restaurant manager, Ramon Lopez Guitron. They said they bought amounts ranging from 1 ounce to 1 ½ pounds.

Roberto Guitron, the restaurant owner, would not talk with KATU News on camera. He told KATU’s Joe English his cousin is the man suspected of dealing out of the restaurant and he had no idea it was going on.

“I have a couple friends who own other businesses downtown,” said Felicia Corona, who works in downtown Vancouver. “They told me they saw people outside all the time. Weird stuff going on. It was like 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning and they’d see all these people outside.”

Drug task force officers said although methamphetamine is not being manufactured at the rate it was a decade ago, there’s still plenty of it traveling up the Interstate 5 corridor from Mexico.