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.
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“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.