Major heroin bust made in Clark County

VANCOUVER — Three Vancouver residents were arrested and booked Thursday for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (heroin).

 

Luis Armando Morales-Garcia, 31, Jose Carlos Vega-Rivera, 30, and 23-year-old Karen Moreno-Arrelanas were each charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (heroin).

Clark County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Piper, was crucial in the investigation and eventual bust of three Vancouver residents suspected of dealing narcotics throughout the area. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Clark County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Piper, was crucial in the investigation and eventual bust of three Vancouver residents suspected of dealing narcotics throughout the area. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office

For the past several months, detectives from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force have been investigating several subjects suspected of dealing narcotics throughout the Clark county area.

 

On Thursday, at approximately 2 p.m., the Drug Task Force served two search warrants in connection with this investigation and seized 11.25 pounds of suspected heroin and over $51,000 dollars in cash. The location of the warrant was 15310 SE 8th Street #B Vancouver WA. Also seized were three vehicles suspected of facilitating heroin transactions throughout the Clark County area. The street value of the heroin is over $250,000 dollars.

Detectives from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force served two search warrants Thursday and seized 11.25 pounds of suspected heroin and over $51,000 in cash from a home in east Vancouver. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Detectives from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force served two search warrants Thursday and seized 11.25 pounds of suspected heroin and over $51,000 in cash from a home in east Vancouver. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office

In additional to the diligent investigative work by Drug Task Force Detectives, the unit’s drug detection K9, Piper, was also crucial in yesterday’s investigation by locating the suspected heroin in one of the vehicles. This 38 lb. female Labrador joined the Drug Task Force in November of 2015 after several months of intense training. Since that time Piper and has been instrumental in locating illegal narcotics in numerous drug investigations throughout the Clark County region.

 

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug task force is committed to keeping our community safe by aggressively investigating and pursuing illegal narcotic activities.

 

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