Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Law enforcement authorities from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department executed a search warrant and seized suspected drugs and weapons at a White Salmon residence on Thursday afternoon.
Two arrests were made in the case.
Authorities said they seized drugs, alleged to include cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana; $6,783 in cash; and two guns during the search at 612 E. Jewett.
Arrested were Jesus Barajas-Michel, 36, and Claudia Del Barajas, 33. Both were taken to the Klickitat County Jail in Goldendale and charged with alleged possession with intent to deliver suspected marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine; alleged delivery of methamphetamine (two counts); and two alleged illegal firearms violations.
The firearms seized included a .30-caliber rifle and a Tech 9 semi-automatic, both of which were found hidden inside the house.
Authorities estimated the value of the suspected narcotics at $1,600.
"It's a good pinch," said Sheriff Chris Mace. "He's suspected of being one of the bigger dealers in the west end of the county. We've been working on this since late last summer."
The two suspects in the case were scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Goldendale on Feb. 17.
According to Mace, seven KCSO deputies and three officers from the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department were involved in the raid, which began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
"Both arrests were made without incident," Mace said.
The investigation that led to Thursday's arrests began in late summer, and was coordinated by KCSO Det. Mike Kallio, with assistance throughout by Bingen-White Salmon Police officer Jay Johnson.
"It was a great effort on behalf of Johnson and Kallio," Mace said. "It was good work on their part, and a good, cooperative inter-agency undertaking."
Mace said federal authorities may also get involved in the case.
"There may be possible federal charges regarding immigration status and firearms violations," Mace explained.
Authorities impounded three vehicles at the residence as "asset forfeiture." Towed from the property were a 1980 Toyota pickup, a 1993 Mercury Villager van, and a 1998 Ford Expedition.
The investigation is ongoing.