Home invasion robbery leads to marijuana raid

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A Wednesday home invasion robbery at a house in Brush Prairie led to the discovery that residents had allegedly turned the house into an illegal marijuana dispensary, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Detective Unit and the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force were conducting a warrant search of a house at 10509 N.E. 124th Ave. on Wednesday evening.

A bulletin released by the sheriff’s office said the raid was the culmination of a chain of events that started early Wednesday, when the house was reportedly the scene of a home invasion robbery. Law enforcement officials did not learn of the robbery until hours after it happened, when a resident of the house sought medical treatment at a local hospital.

Notified by hospital personnel, officers began an investigation that revealed the rental house had been used as a marijuana dispensary. That led to a search warrant and the raid Wednesday evening, the bulletin said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Detective Unit is investigating the robbery, while the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force is conducting an investigation into the alleged sale of controlled substances from a residential location.

No information on the suspect or victim was released Wednesday. Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call 360-397-2211, ext. 3362.