On March 25, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force executed two simultaneous search warrants at 409 Dallesport Road and 914 Poplar Drive in Dallesport.
Arrested at 409 Dallesport Road was Armando Carrillo Ornelas, 24, for delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession with the intent to deliver (methamphetamine).
While searching the residence, 21 bindles weighing about 3.5 grams each were located. Several baggies and scales were also found.
The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Detection Canine was brought in and found $4,000 cash, hidden under a refrigerator. And, an additional $1,200 was found inside the residence. The money and a vehicle were seized.
The sheriff's office and the MINT Task Force have been working the case together since last October.
Later that day a second arrest stemming from the investigation was conducted.
Marcos Antonio Davila Ornelas, also known around the area as "Tony," 33, Salem, Ore. and Davila Ornelas were arrested on conspiracy to deliver (methamphetamine).
According to Sheriff Chris Mace Davila Ornelas is believed to one of the main suppliers in Klickitat and Wasco County. Davila Ornelas was arrested on a traffic stop and deputies seized $900 in cash and a 1996 Ford Taurus.
Mace added that law enforcement officials believed the drugs were linked to illegal activities beyond the Columbia River Gorge.
"The drug connection went clear into Salem, Ore.," Mace explained.
More arrests are expected.
Arrested at the 914 Poplar Drive residence was Lance Wayne Pardee, 39, and Debbie Kay Nahas, 35, Dallesport.
While searching the residence several grams of suspected methamphetamine, as well as scales and baggies were found and seized.
Pardee has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and Nahas was booked into jail on possession of a controlled substance.
While detectives searched the 914 Poplar Drive address, they also located suspected stolen items inside the residence.
"There was a houseful of stolen property," Mace said. "It's taking two days to inventory all this stuff and get it out of there."
Mace said the goods included televisions, stereo equipment, VCRs, and amplifiers.
"It started out with drugs," Mace explained. "We seized 21 packages of methamphetamine and $5,200 in cash. While investigating that, we discovered the stolen property."
Three people were arrested in the case and charged with alleged possession of illegal substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver.
Mace said he believed a lot of the items had been stolen from residences in Dallesport, Murdock, and The Dalles.
"This will clear up a lot of theft and burglary issues," Mace said.
The investigation into the possible stolen property is continuing.