5 arrested in drug trafficking investigation in Clark County

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Police arrested five people and seized drugs, weapons and cash after searching two residences Tuesday in connection to an ongoing investigation into heroin and methamphetamine trafficking.

The Vancouver Police Department said the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force and Safe Streets Task Force served search warrants at two homes as part of the investigation.

The drug task force searched a home in east Vancouver, at 2110 N.E. 155th Ave., the home of Amador Urquidez. Officers arrested Urquidez, 27, on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Officers seized almost $10,000 in cash, a vehicle, about a half-ounce of heroin and four firearms in connection to the investigation, according to a police statement.

Task force members also searched a residence at 8217 N.E. 35th Ave., in the Hazel Dell area.

There, police arrested Freddie Bazan, 48, on a Department of Corrections warrant with pending charges for escape from community custody and maintaining a drug house.
They also arrested Freddie Juan Bazan, 25, on a warrant pending charges of escape from community custody, maintaining a drug house and possession of heroin and methamphetamine; Jesse S. Bazan, 28, on suspicion of possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug house; and Michelle L. Hendrix, 35, on suspicion of a probation violation.

Officers seized about a half-pound of methamphetamine in the search, along with a half-ounce of heroin and about $3,300 in cash.

The five total arrested in both busts were taken to the Clark County Jail, police said, and the investigation was ongoing.