PENINSULA - The Pacific County Narcotics Enforcement Team (PACNET) served two search warrants last week, resulting in multiple arrests.
On Thursday, quantities of suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were seized along with cash related to suspected drug dealings after officers from the Long Beach Police Department, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Pacific County Sheriff's Office served a narcotics search warrant at a home in Ilwaco at about 9 a.m.
Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the warrant service with a canine unit.
Dionicio Zurita-Rios, 41, was arrested at the scene and booked at Pacific County Jail on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
"A great job was done by everyone," LBPD Chief Flint Wright said. "I am really pleased with the drug task force. It's worth the investment."
Wright said the drugs confiscated at the Ilwaco incident were "the largest amount I've ever seen. The street value was about $48,000. He was probably the largest drug supplier on the Peninsula. The task force is really doing things right."
On Saturday, PACNET officers served a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of N. Washington Street in Long Beach where suspected methamphetamine was seized.
Arrested at the scene in Long Beach were Aaron Chevalley, 38, for five counts of delivering a controlled substance, methamphetamine. During the incident, Chevalley was served a citation from earlier incident for disorderly conduct and obstructing a law-enforcement officer. Also arrested were Elizabeth Hjelm, 56, for five counts of delivering a controlled substance, methamphetamine; Judy McClelland, 49, for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver; Peggy Paris, 46, for possession of a legend drug without a prescription, third-degree theft and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Patrick Saunders, 27, for an outstanding felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections.
Officers from the Long Beach Police Department, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wahkiakum County and Pacific County Sheriff's Office participated in the operation.
According to Wright and Pacific County Sheriff John Didion, the arrests are a direct result of freeing an officer to work specifically on the narcotics issues in the community.
"Information developed from citizens and follow up investigation by local officers is starting to have a real impact on our streets," Didion said. "The arrests represent great teamwork between our communities and our police agencies."
Anyone with information about narcotics in Pacific County is urged to contact Deputy Rich Byrd at 642-9459.