Safe Streets Task Force shuts down drug house

Safe Streets Task Force shuts down drug house
During the service of a search warrant at a Vancouver residence on Saturday, detectives located several ounces of methamphetamine for distribution and nine firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

VANCOUVER — On Nov. 19, members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit were assisted by SW Washington Regional SWAT in the service of a search warrant at the residence of William Rathgeber, 56, located at 6114 NE 112th Ave. in Vancouver for methamphetamine distribution.

During the service of this search warrant detectives located several ounces of methamphetamine for distribution and nine firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Rathgeber will be facing at least 13 felony counts to include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Firearms and Maintaining a Drug House.

Rathgeber’s residence is directly across the street from Covington Middle School in Vancouver.

Rathgeber was currently out on bail in Clark County for Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Running a Drug House for a search warrant that was served at this same residence in May of 2016. Rathgeber is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Gabriel Lawson, 43, was also arrested after he ran from police. Lawson was wanted on a felony warrant out of Port Angeles and a misdemeanor warrant out of Clark County. Lawson was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

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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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