Local law enforcement made a substantial bust on the evening of June 5 in Rainier that lead to two individuals taken to jail for the possession of half a pound of methamphetamine, 16 ounces of heroin, and unlawful delivery.
That night, the Rainier Police Department (RPD) received a tip from Longview Police that a male and female were staying at the Rainier Budget Inn, located in the 100 block of A Street, who were possibly in possession of a large quantity of drugs.
The RPD located the suspects’ vehicle with two suspects inside: 23-year-old Brendon Kyle Dahl, of Rainier, and 24-year old Bethany Belle Friant, also of Rainier. Both had warrants for their arrest from another state.
The RPD called in the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for assistance, and investigators from both agencies on scene were able to spot the butt of a firearm hidden under a seat in the car, as well as a scale in the back seat.
The CCSO immediately wrote a search warrant and had it signed by a judge to search the vehicle. During the search, investigators located a firearm registered to Dahl, the scale, half a pound of meth, 16 ounces of heroin, and, according to Sheriff Brian Pixley, around $3,000 in cash.
Pixley said, based on the quantity of drugs found, the cash, the scale, and plastic baggies found in the suspects’ vehicle, both Dahl and Friant were charged with unlawful delivery of meth and heroin.
Dahl was lodged in the Columbia County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of heroin, and as a felon in possession of a weapon.
Friant was lodged in the Columbia County jail on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful delivery of heroin.
Both had warrants as fugitives from another state.