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Narcotics team busts meth trafficking operation

Columbia County's recently revived Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team helped bring down a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

The CENT team, working with narcotics investigators from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum division in Washington, concluded a three-month investigation Tuesday, Sept. 20, a news release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office stated.

The investigation targeted Michael Wayne Naillieux, 47, of Longview. Naillieux was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home, on outstanding fugitive warrants from Columbia County and the Oregon State Parole Board. Investigators got a search warrant and found Naillieux with what they suspected was methamphetamine, according to the release. Additional evidence was seized from his home with the search warrant.

He was booked into Cowlitz County Jail.

"Persons involved in criminal activity do not recognize geographic boundaries, so law enforcement partnerships like these are necessary to successfully prosecute multi-state offenders," Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, commander of the CENT team, stated.

Oregon court records show Naillieux was convicted of forgery in 1991, unauthorized use of a vehicle in 1993 and third degree theft in 1997. He currently faces charges of delivery and possession of methamphetamine in Oregon, with the potential for additional charges out of Washington for drug distribution.

The CENT team, a small operation focused on street crimes and the prevention of drug trafficking, consists of personnel from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Scappoose Police Department.