OROVILLE — Officers from several police agencies raided an Oroville house Wednesday, arresting two people as they tried to flee and seizing almost a pound of heroin and $9,000 cash, along with marijuana, mushrooms and methamphetamine.
“That’s a lot of heroin,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who said the suspects arrested “have been on our radar for a long time.
One of the suspects — Jason C. Youker, 38, known as “Iceman” — “was a major supplier,” he said.
Also arrested during the raid at 1134 22nd Ave. was Cassandra J. Vandeveer, 20. Both were booked into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to deliver.
Rogers said the raid culminates a long investigation tied to several burglaries in the area.
He said the heroin tested positive with police kits but will be sent to a lab to verify that it’s heroin.
Rogers said police in the area have noticed an increase in heroin recently, largely because it’s now cheaper than methamphetamine.
Police used a search warrant to enter the home, he said. The case was executed by the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force with assistance from the sheriff’s office, a special response team, the Oroville Police Department and a U.S. Border Patrol drug dog.
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