Two men arrested in alleged medical marijuana burglary

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: July 19, 2011, 9:41 PM

 

Two Vancouver men were arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly burglarizing a home that housed a medical marijuana grow.

Taken into custody were Derek L. Erving, 18, and Justin A. Neighbours, 21.

Both were being held without bail Tuesday night on suspicion of burglary, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police, a jail employee said. In addition, Erving is being held for alleged unlawful possession of a firearm and a previously issued arrest warrant charging criminal trespass.

Both men will make first court appearances this morning.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies were called at 1 a.m. to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Northeast Meadows Drive in the Orchards area. As deputies found the vehicle and signalled for it to stop, the vehicle sped away, crashing into a detached garage in the 8200 block of Northeast 78th Street, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver and passenger fled from the vehicle, but were later apprehended after being sought by a Battle Ground police tracking dog, Haulf.

The investigation revealed Erving and Neighbours allegedly stole 12 potted marijuana plants. Their vehicle had allegedly been stolen earlier in Hazel Dell, according to the news release.