VANCOUVER, Wash. (KPTV) — Two people in a Vancouver home were dealing marijuana through a slot in the front door to anyone who inquired, regardless of age, according to police.
Over the past several weeks, Vancouver detectives have been conducting an investigation into the suspected manufacturing and distribution of marijuana from a home at 13326 N.E. 39th St.
Detectives said they observed multiple teenagers approach the home, go to the front door and then leave shortly thereafter.
Undercover officers were also able to purchase pot at the home on two occasions as part of the investigation, according to police.
Neighbors said they knew what was going on at the house.
“Everyone knows what the neighbors had; you could smell it,” neighbor Tim Chadwick said. “I’ve had quite a few kids come here knocking on the door asking and then we say, ‘You’ve got the wrong house.'”
Neighbors said the foot traffic was constant – even in the middle of the night – and had been going on for a long time.
“[Buyers] would park across the street, or they’d park up here across the way. Mostly they parked right in front of my house,” neighbor Carroll Hutchman said, adding that she worried police would show up at her home to investigate the unusual traffic. “It was daily, two, three, four times a day.”
A search warrant was served at the home on Dec. 11. Police said they located a marijuana growing operation, with a medical marijuana card, and more than $8,000 in cash, as well as jewelry.
On Tuesday, detectives from the Clark/Skamania Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation and served search warrants on several safety deposit boxes that contained additional jewelry and cash.
In all, $64,000 in cash was seized as part of the investigation.
Julie Nguyen, 54, and Mao Nguyen, 57, were both arrested and booked in jail on charges of possession, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance-marijuana.