Police arrest three in Five Corners drug-trafficking case

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: March 6, 2013, 8:19 PM

 

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force has arrested three people allegedly connected with a drug-trafficking operation based out of Five Corners.

After learning that residents at 8707 N.E. 89th Ave. were allegedly selling drugs out of the house, the task force began investigating, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators eventually arranged to purchase drugs from the house and obtained two search warrants, the release said.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the task force served the search warrant and searched the residence, finding drugs, drug packing materials and records related to drug trafficking. A second search warrant carried out Wednesday, on a vehicle connected to the case, also uncovered drugs and related items, according to the news release.

Drugs seized included heroin, methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, morphine, ecstasy, fentanyl, suboxone, dilaudid, oxycodone, adderall, methadone and lidocaine.

Two residents at the home were booked into the Clark County Jail. John R. McKee, 27, was arrested on suspicion of delivering a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possessing a controlled substance. Lauren A. Marshall, 25, was suspected of two counts of possessing a controlled substance.

Christopher D. Nichols, 49, of Vancouver was visiting the home at the time of the search warrant. He was arrested and booked in jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

“Several types of drugs were located as a result of the two search warrants we served in this case,” said task force Cmdr. Mike Cooke. “The list of drugs seized really speaks to the level of addiction and suffering that’s impacting families all over Clark County. Drug addiction is not a joke; families and neighborhoods suffer when people traffic these substances.”