VANCOUVER - In what police called the largest methamphetamine bust in Clark County history, multi-agency drug agents raided six properties overnight Monday, arresting two men suspected of bringing in drugs to the Northwest.
The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force said the trafficking organization was responsible for transporting large amounts of meth from California and distributing it throughout Vancouver and Portland.
Agents said they seized 74 pounds of meth from an apartment in the Cascade Park area. The street value was estimated to be about $932,400 based on a likely price of $12,600 per pound, police said.
”The fact of the matter is, you don’t get 70-some pounds of methamphetamine sitting on the table from somebody locally producing that," Sgt. Shane Gardner said. "This stuff is coming up the I-5 corridor and being distributed locally.”
The residence at 11304 SE 10th Street was identified as a "safe house" for traffickers.
Investigators arrested 23-year-old Santos Camacho-Cardenas on drug charges and 31-year-old Hever Zavala-Leon on weapons charges. Two large containers of methamphetamine oil were also removed and disposed of by the Department of Ecology.
Agents in May arrested two other suspected drug runners in connection with the operation, police said.
(KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report)