On Wednesday April 27, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Southwest 170th Avenue and Merlo Road in Washington County. Officers suspected the occupants of the vehicle to be involved in the trafficking of cocaine.
During a search of the vehicle, DVD Drug Dog "Lola" located one kilogram of cocaine. DVD investigators, assisted by Westside Interagency Narcotics Team and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), served a search warrant at a Washington County residence where an additional 13 kilograms of cocaine were located as well as approximately $150,000 in cash, suspected to be drug proceeds. The cocaine and money was seized as evidence.
The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is $1,500,000.
40-year-old Rosendo Elvira-Vergara and 39-year-old Cayetano Alejandre-Alcaraz were booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Delivery and Possession of Cocaine.