Alleged drug trafficker arrested

Suspected drug house in Hazel Dell has been subject of complaints

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Drug traffic detectives arrested a man Tuesday who they say was running a drug house in Hazel Dell.

After receiving complaints of heavy traffic at a house at 1205 N.W. Westridge St., detectives with the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force began an investigation.

Surveillance confirmed a pattern of activity consistent with drug trafficking. While watching the residence Tuesday, detectives witnessed a man deliver methamphetamine a short distance away from his home, drug task force Cmdr. Mike Cooke said.

The man, Mychal D. Block, 26, was arrested on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance. Another resident of the house, Kevin Scott McCracken, 49, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Both were booked into the Clark County Jail.

The investigation lasted more than a month, police said.

"Neighborhood drug houses are actually some of our more difficult cases to investigate," Cooke said in a news release. "Very often the drug transaction takes place inside the home so it's difficult for us to make a case when we don't see the transaction happen. In this case the activity was so brazen that we were able to watch the drug deal happen in public view in the neighborhood. If the illegal activity at this house doesn't stop, we'll be back."