VANCOUVER, Wash. — A drug task force says officers seized 74 pounds of methamphetamine from a Vancouver apartment used as a safe house by a Mexican ring that brought the drug from California and distributed it in the Portland-Vancouver area.
The Clark County sheriff's office says it's the largest amount of meth seized in the county. The estimated street value is $932,400 based on a street price of $12,600 per pound.
Neighbor Erica Thompson saw one of the raids Monday night.
"I got home and I saw it 'til about one in the morning," she said. "I didn't know if it was murder or drugs but I'm glad to see that whatever it is, it's gone."
Authorities said the drugs were not cooked in the apartment, just stored there. The owners of the apartment complex said they inspected the apartment where the meth was found just one month ago and didn't find anything wrong.
Also seized in raids Monday night and early Tuesday were four guns, four vehicles and more than $45,000 in cash. Two men were arrested on drug or gun charges.
As part of the same investigation two men suspected of taking cash back to California were arrested in May with $120,000.
"This was a significant drug trafficking operation based in Clark County," said task force commander Mike Cooke. "This case is a great example of how a local drug task force can work a large case from beginning to end and make a significant impact on the local drug supply."
The Clark-Vancouver Regional Task Force says it was helped by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Portland Police HIT team.
KATU's Bob Heye contributed to this story.