Crime

Two charged with drug deal in Fife parking lot

Two men peddling four kilos of methamphetamine were arrested in the parking lot of a popular Fife restaurant last week, officials said.

An informant for the federal Department of Homeland Security arranged to buy $12,500 worth of meth Wednesday.

Jose Luis Vazquez-Gutierrez, 22, and his friend, Adalid Ortiz, 18, allegedly arrived in the parking lot with the drugs. Ortiz went to a nearby business while Vazquez-Gutierrez met with the informant.

When the informant signaled there was meth in the vehicle, law enforcement officers moved in to arrest Vazquez-Gutierrez. Ortiz was taken into custody when he returned to the car.

“Jose Luis told the CI (confidential informant) that he works with his cousin in Mexico and the CI would always be supplied with narcotics,” according to charging papers.

A search of the men’s vehicle turned up 4 kilos of suspected meth. The men said they lived in Vancouver, Washington, and picked up the drugs in Portland.

Vazquez-Gutierrez and Ortiz pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. They were ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

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