Police seized 6 ounces of heroin and an ounce of methamphetamine, arrested five Vancouver residents and took five children into protective custody on Friday.
They also seized five handguns, including two that were reported stolen from a Hazel Dell burglary in November.
A .32-caliber revolver was located inches away from a 6-month-old infant seated in a car seat during one drug deal, Clark County sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Cook said.
He said the gun was loaded.
All suspects were booked into the Clark County Jail on a variety of charges related to the possession and delivery of controlled substances as well as possession of the stolen firearms.
The Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force reported arresting three adults after they were observed making two deliveries of heroin. Following those arrests, police reported that they arrested two additional suspects after searching the suspects’ homes in two units of an east Vancouver apartment complex at 3708 N.E. 109th Ave.
Police indicated the suspects are Mexican citizens living in the United States illegally.
Arrested were Rosal Basurto-Velazquez, 19; Manuel Gomez-Renteria, 32; Angel Rosas-Miranda, 33; Carlos Rosas-Miranda, 28; and Elvia Rosas-Miranda, 34. Cook said four of the five children were also in the U.S. illegally, although he said the infant was probably born here. The children ranged in age from 6 months to 15 years old.
The children were all taken into protective custody.
Cook reported that the investigation started as a result of information developed by the multi-agency Career Criminal Apprehension Team during a different investigation. The sheriff’s Tactical Detective Unit assisted with Friday’s bust.