Mexicans arrested in drug trafficking investigation
Clark Co. Sheriff’s Office – 01/15/11
On 1-14-11 the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force conducted operations targeting a drug trafficking organization in Vancouver, WA. During the course of the day, Task Force detectives arrested three adults after they were observed making two deliveries of heroin. Following these arrests, Task Force detectives searched two homes which resulted in the arrest of two additional suspects as well as the seizure of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cash, and firearms.
The searched homes are located at 3708 NE 109th Ave #GG12 and #AA11. A total of approximately 6 ounces of heroin and 1 ounce of methamphetamine was seized. Four of the five handguns were found in the two apartments. Two of these handguns were reported stolen in a previous burglary which occurred in November 2010 in Hazel Dell, WA.
One of the five handguns was found hidden between a rear seat cushion in one of the suspect’s vehicles after he was taken into custody following a delivery of heroin. During this delivery, the suspect‘s infant child was in a child restraint seat within inches of the handgun.
All five adults were booked into the Clark County Jail on a variety of charges related to the possession and delivery of controlled substances as well as the possession of stolen firearms. All five are believed to be Mexican nationals in the United States illegally and have had immigration holds placed on them. They are:
Rosal Basurto-Velazquez (19), Vancouver
Manuel Gomez-Renteria (32), Vancouver
Angel Rosas-Miranda (33), Vancouver
Carlos Rosas-Miranda (28), Vancouver
Elvia Rosas-Miranda (34), Vancouver
In addition to the five suspects who were booked into jail, a total of five children ranging in age from 6 months to 15 years were placed in protective custody.
This investigation started as a result of information developed by the Career Criminal Apprehension Team during a different investigation. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Detective Unit assisted with yesterday’s operations