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Two from Vancouver facing drug charges; one also faces 85 counts of forgery

Joseph Cannarozzi, Melissa Salsedo have been linked to May overdose death, say police

By , Columbian staff writer

Two people linked to an overdose death of a man in May in east Clark County were arrested Oct. 26 on drug distribution and forgery allegations, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Joseph Cannarozzi, 39, and Melissa Salsedo, 44, both of Vancouver, were booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver and possession of steroids with intent to deliver. Cannarozzi is also facing 85 counts of forgery.

Deputies had responded to a report of a deceased man on May 5. They found the death suspicious and notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team. Detectives determined the man appeared to have died from taking a counterfeit oxycodone pill that likely contained fentanyl, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Following a five-month investigation, authorities searched a house at 8313 N.E. 158th Ave., and found six firearms; $32,000 in cash; about 11,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills they said likely contained fentanyl, worth an estimated $110,000; and steroids and other pills packaged for distribution, worth an estimated $35,000.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

The Clark Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force is investigating with the assistance of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Service.