Safe Streets Task Force and SWAT arrest alleged Norteno gang member

VANCOUVER — Members of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) with assistance of the SW Washington SWAT team successfully conducted a vehicle interdiction on Norteno gang member Jeffrey D. Lewis this week.

 

Lewis was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Jail on four counts of Assault II, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Driving While License Suspended/Revoked.

Members of the Safe Streets Task Force arrested Jeffrey D. Lewis, an alleged Norteno gang member. A warrant was issued for a search of Lewis’ vehicle, during which a stolen handgun, ¼ oz of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin was located under the driver’s seat. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
Members of the Safe Streets Task Force arrested Jeffrey D. Lewis, an alleged Norteno gang member. A warrant was issued for a search of Lewis’ vehicle, during which a stolen handgun, ¼ oz of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin was located under the driver’s seat. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

On Oct. 12, the SSTF requested the assistance of the SW Washington SWAT team. Lewis was currently out on bail for another SSTF case from April of 2016 for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, in which he failed to showed up for court. Lewis is believed to be involved in trafficking of firearms and large amounts of controlled substances in the Vancouver, Longview and Yakima area.

 

Information was obtained that Lewis was in possession of a firearm and was distributing heroin in the Vancouver area. During this operation, Lewis was identified as the driver of a vehicle at a convenience store parking lot at 3303 S Street. SWAT drove into the parking lot with emergency lights activated. Lewis then intentionally hit a responding police vehicle occupied by four SWAT operators. No SWAT operators were injured and Lewis was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Jail.

 

On Oct. 13, the SSTF wrote a search warrant for the vehicle Lewis was driving and located under the driver’s seat a stolen handgun, ¼ oz of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin. Lewis will face additional charges including Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine and Heroin).
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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