VANCOUVER – A drug trafficking ring was busted by a Clark County police task force, resulting in five arrests and the seizure of more than 12 pounds of meth.
A 10-month-long investigation into a meth distribution ring led to the arrests on Sept. 19, according to Cmdr. Mike Cooke of the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.
The seizure was the biggest methamphetamine bust of the year so far in Clark County, Cooke said.
The main suspect, Dalaier Ambriz, 33, was believed to be bringing large amounts of meth from Mexico to Clark County for distribution through auto repair businesses on Northeast 95th Street.
The others arrested were Jose Toscano, 20, Jose Aguilar, 21, and Daladier Ambriz and Felix Rodriguez, both 26.
"Although these businesses appeared to be legitimate, they were in fact simply fronts for a large drug trafficking organization," said Cooke. "Although they may have repaired a few cars here and there, the main business was trafficking methamphetamine."
Two-and-a-half pounds of meth were seized during the initial bust. Police also seized $30,000 in cash, four cars, guns and evidence of money transfers to Mexico.
Based on information from the arrests, police searched two storage lockers, Additional Self Storage on 4901 Northeast Minnehana Street and A-Z Self Storage on 7523 Northeast Highway 99 last week.
Ten additional pounds of meth was found in those storage lockers. The total street value of the meth seized was approximately $140,000.
The suspects were taken to the Clark County Jail on charges related to the drug activity. Ambriz was also charged with leading organized crime.
Police said the investigation was ongoing.