CENT investigation nabs 3 for drug trafficking
The Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team this week concluded its investigation into an illicit drug-trafficking operation in the Rainier area that began in October and ended in indictments last Thursday, a press release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday, Dec. 28. In all, investigators seized more than 3 ½ pounds of controlled substances and $17,300 in cash, along with guns, scales, packaging and drug records.
The case began in October when CENT investigators supported by Sheriff's Office enforcement deputies executed a search warrant in the 73000 block of Lindberg Road in the Rainier area. Two ounces of heroin and 500 grams (more than a pound) of methamphetamine were found and seized at that location, along with $1,300 in cash, three long guns and four handguns, according to the release.
Subsequent investigation led to a Sheriff's Office traffic stop of Rodolpho Santiago-Ferrer, 30, of Longview, Wash., on Nov. 2 near the upper viewpoint on Highway 30 west of Rainier. During the stop, a search of the vehicle netted another 500 grams of seized methamphetamine.
With the assistance of the Cowlitz County Drug Task Force, investigators conducted a consent search of a residence in Longview, Wash., where they recovered another 500 grams of methamphetamine, 8 ounces of heroin, $16,000 in U.S. currency, and scales, drug records and packaging materials.
The investigation led to the indictment of two additional suspects: Rebecca Wynn, 30, and Bruce Arquette 22, both of Rainier. Wynn, Arquette and Santiago-Ferrer face charges of possession and delivery of controlled substances, pending further court action.
Arquette and Wynn are not in custody and have scheduled court appearances. Santiago-Ferrer is in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Tacoma, facing deportation proceedings pending criminal charges in Columbia County Circuit Court, the release states.