Alleged "drug house" meth dealer arrested for second time this year

VANCOUVER, Wash – A massive police force arrested William Rathgeber, 56, at a troubled property in Vancouver for methamphetamine distribution and other crimes Saturday, reported the Vancouver Police Department.

During the service of the search warrant at  at 6114 N.E. 112th Ave., detectives located several ounces of methamphetamine for distribution and 9 firearms, some of which were reported stolen.

Police said Rathgeber will be facing at least 13 felony counts, to include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession of Stolen Firearms and Maintaining a Drug House.

Rathgeber is currently out on bail in Clark County for Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Running a Drug House out of this same residence in May.

Neighbors had complained about activities the property for two years, Sgt. Duncan Hoss of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office told KGW in May.

The house is across the street from Covington Middle School in Vancouver.

Gabriel Lawson, 43, was also arrested Saturday. Lawson was wanted on a felony warrant out of Port Angeles and a misdemeanor warrant out of Clark County. Lawson was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

The police force included members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit, assisted by SW Washington Regional SWAT.


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