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Four arrested at Clatskanie home with drugs, guns and cash

Photo Credit: CLATSOP COUNTY SHERIFF PHOTO - Marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, guns and cash seized from a home in Clatskanie where four people were arrested. The arrests came after an investigation into a suspect for dealing methamphetamine and heroin.

Four people were arrested at a home in Clatskanie Tuesday morning where methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, guns and $5,600 cash were seized.

Earlier this month, Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Taskforce, with help from the Clatskanie Police Department, led an investigation into suspected methamphetamine and heroin dealer, Christopher R. Carter, 31, of Clatskanie. Authorities believed Carter was selling large amounts of both drugs in Westport and Clatskanie, according to a release from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation culminated Tuesday, when Carter was arrested at a home in the 13000 block of Colvin Road, in rural Columbia County, for possession and delivery of a controlled substance for both methamphetamine and heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used and an outstanding warrant, according to the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office. In addition to Carter, 24-year-old Michael Houle, 24-year-old James Campbell and 22-year-old Sara Hilton, all of Clatskanie, were also arrested.

Detectives seized more than $5600.00 in cash, two rifles, a pistol, a revolver, large amounts of marijuana, 2.5 ounces of heroin and 9.5 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, packaging material and other related items, Clatsop County Sheriff, Tom Bergin, reported.

Campbell, the owner of the home, was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, and possession of methamphetamine. Houle was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and Hilton was arrested for frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning by Clatsop sheriff's deputies, Clatskanie police officers, a Clatskanie police narcotics dog, a Cowlitz County canine unit and a Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy, according to the release.

Additional charges are being sent to the Columbia County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

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