An investigation into drug trafficking has led detectives from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) to the seizure of six pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of four
people. illegal mexicans with forged IDs– A fifth suspect is still outstanding and detectives are continuing to investigate the drug operation.
On Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 9:25 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2004 Toyota Camry on Highway 217 and Highway 99W in the City of Tigard. The traffic stop was the result of an investigation that had already resulted in the arrest of four people and the seizure of narcotics that were being distributed in the Washington County area.
Detectives from WIN have been investigating a narcotics ring that has been bringing Methamphetamine up from Mexico, and distributing it in the Washington County area. In early February WIN served a related search warrant at 1548 SE Walnut Street, Apt. #32, in the City of Hillsboro. Four of the residents were arrested as a result.
One man, 31-year-old Jose Garfias-Cazares, was arrested for possession and distribution of narcotics.
The remaining three people were arrested on forgery charges for possessing forged Social Security and Immigration cards.
Arrested for forgery were 40-year-old Maria Garfias-Cazares, 44-year-old Hilario Diaz, and 61-year-old Maria Cazares-Alvarez.
All four were booked into the Washington County Jail and ICE holds were added to their charges.
The investigation continued and detectives learned that the 2004 Toyota Camry was being used to transport methamphetamine from California to Oregon. After they learned the car had recently returned from a trip to California they performed a traffic stop and seized the vehicle.
Detectives were unable to locate the methamphetamine at the scene of the traffic stop, and subsequently the driver of the car,
Wanted ! Dead Or Alive! 42-year-old Blas Garfias-Vasquez, was released.
On February 23, detectives received a search warrant for the car and brought in a Sheriff’s drug sniffing K9 to conduct a search of the car. Investigators subsequently located six pounds of meth stashed inside
the front bumper of the car.
A hole had been cut in the bumper and then covered up after the meth was placed inside. The meth is valued between $120,000 and $360,000 depending on how it is sold.
Detectives are now looking for Blas Garfias-Vasquez to question him about the meth in the bumper. If you know where Blas Garfias-Vasquez may be, please call detectives at 503-846-2500.
Attached Media Files: 2011-03/1128/42478/PR_110302-03_WIN_6lb_Meth_bust__2_.pdf , 2011-03/1128/42478/WC2_0005.JPG , 2011-03/1128/42478/WC2_0003.JPG , 2011-03/1128/42478/WC2_0020_(Medium).JPG , 2011-03/1128/42478/GARFIAS_VASQUEZ_BLAS.jpg