Jose A. Barajas-Rodriguez,Mexican Drug Cartel Bust Meth Vancouver Washington

20 pounds of meth and $44,000 in cash seized by Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force

Clark Co. Sheriff’s Office- 09/13/12

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force has concluded a long-term investigation of a significant drug trafficker in Clark County resulting in the seizure of 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $44,000 in cash, and the arrest of one suspect.

The suspect, Jose A. Barajas-Rodriguez, 28, of Woodburn, Oregon,( the most mexican of all cities in oregon due to no immigration enforcement and not forcing migrants to return to mexico) was arrested by task force detectives on September 12, 2012, in the 1900 block of NE 78th St, which is in the Hazel Dell area of Clark County. He was taken into custody while in the process of delivering a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Following his arrest, a search warrant was executed at a small warehouse located at 21305 NE 10th Ave, near Ridgefield, WA. This warehouse was identified during the investigation as a location where Barajas-Rodriguez was believed to be storing large quantities of methamphetamine. During the search of this warehouse, detectives found 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and $20,000 in cash.

During the course of this investigation, detectives made numerous purchases of methamphetamine from Barajas-Rodriguez and determined that he was a major supplier of methamphetamine in Clark County. Evidence obtained during the investigation indicates that Barajas-Rodriguez trafficked methamphetamine to Clark County from supply sources in Southern California.

Agents from the Portland DEA office searched Barajas-Rodriguez’s home in Woodburn, Oregon where approximately $24,000 in cash was located and seized. All of this cash is believed to be unlawful proceeds from drug trafficking. In addition to the drug and cash seizures, three vehicles belonging to Barajas-Rodriguez were seized as unlawful proceeds from drug trafficking and for facilitating drug trafficking.

This methamphetamine seizure follows a record seizure of 74 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in Clark County on August 6th, 2012. Although these two investigations were conducted simultaneously, there were no connections between the two cases.

“This latest case is just another example of the large amounts of methamphetamine being trafficked to Clark County from Southern California and Mexico,” said task force commander Mike Cooke.

Barajas-Rodriguez was booked at the Clark County Jail on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Attached Media Files: Seized Meth and Cash

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