Vancouver man indicted after feds bust alleged meth ring

Police say criminals imported drugs from Mexico

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Updated: December 1, 2011, 6:35 PM

 

A Vancouver man is among 11 people facing federal drug charges following a series of police raids on a suspected drug-trafficking organization.

Adrian Gonzalez-Pasaye, 35, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland. If convicted, he faces a mandatory 10 years to life in prison.

The arrests, which were made Tuesday and Wednesday, followed a multiyear investigation into a drug-trafficking ring extending from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest.

As part of this week’s arrests, police and federal agents seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, more than 20 firearms, and large sums of cash, according to the news release. Over the course of the investigation, more than 25 pounds of meth was seized.

“The targets were heavy-hitting, large-scale drug traffickers,” said Washington County (Ore.) Sheriff Pat Garrett.

The Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Vancouver Police Department helped with the investigation.