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Joint agency operation targets ‘most dangerous offenders in Clark County’

Task force reports arresting 34 wanted individuals, seizing 13 firearms, drugs, cash

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Editor
Published: September 8, 2023, 3:52pm

A recent joint operation by local, state and federal authorities led to 34 arrests of wanted individuals and the seizure of firearms, drugs and money, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

A statement released Friday said deputies assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in an operation that “focused on the most dangerous offenders in Clark County.” Details about who was arrested and on what possible charges was not disclosed in the statement, which said 13 firearms were seized during the several-day operation.

The statement said the Marshals Service led the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in conjunction with Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area “focusing on wanted persons with a nexus to dangerous drugs and/or firearm offenses.”

Participating agencies included the Washington State Department of Corrections, the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office as well as other member agencies in the violent offender task force.

“Collaborative efforts with our law enforcement partners, such as Operation Summer Breeze, are a crucial component in our overall ability to directly impact violent criminal activity within a region and remove the most dangerous, high-risk offenders from our communities,”  Acting U.S. Marshal Donrien Stephens said in the statement.

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