10 pounds of meth found in Hazel Dell, Minnehaha storage units

Drug organization said to be bringing meth from Mexico to Clark County

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Investigators seized about 10 pounds of methamphetamine Friday during a raid on two storage units by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.

The search was sparked by information obtained in Sept. 19 raids of three Vancouver residences and Hazel Dell commercial sites, according to a press release by the task force. Police, who had made controlled buys of the drug, arrested five people for their alleged involvement in the trafficking organization.

Drug investigators allege the organization was based out of auto repair businesses in Hazel Dell and was bringing a large amount of methamphetamine from Mexico to Clark County, where it was distributed by people through the shops.

The following people were arrested: Daladier Torres Ambriz, 33, Felix Eduardo Ambriz Rodriguez, 26, Jose B. Toscano, 20, Jose Gabriel Aguilar, 21, and Beningo Blasquez Moreno, 18.

During the Sept. 19 raid, police seized $30,000, documents referring to cash transfers to Mexico, five cars allegedly used to deliver the drugs, cellphones, laptops, a handgun and more drugs, among other evidence. Evidence seized at the commercial locations included six handguns, one of which was reportedly stolen in a burglary, two ounces of methamphetamine, a drug scale and drug packaging materials.

On Friday, detectives searched a storage locker at Additional Self Storage, 4901 N.E. Minnehaha St., where they found nine pounds of meth, law enforcement said. The second search warrant was served at A-Z Storage, 7523 N.E. Highway 99, where police said an additional pound of meth was found.