Crime

Regional meth and heroin dealers face federal charges after Lewis County bust

This file photo shows an example of methamphetamine and related paraphernalia.
This file photo shows an example of methamphetamine and related paraphernalia. Staff file

Three suspects face federal drug charges for their alleged involvement in a methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation that spanned Thurston, Lewis and Yakima counties.

The Centralia Chronicle reports that Torina Lorenzano of Yakima, Dawn Marie Cooper of Shelton, and William “Aaron” Barge of Centralia were indicted Nov. 10 in U.S. District Court on drug possession and distribution charges.

The suspects were originally charged in Lewis County Superior Court, but the cases were moved to U.S. District Court because of ties to federal investigations, the Chronicle reports.

Last summer, a confidential informant told investigators that Barge sold large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in Thurston and Lewis counties. Police seized 1 ounce of methamphetamine upon arresting Barge on Sept. 29, and an additional 90 grams of meth were found at Barge’s residence during a search, according to the Chronicle.

Cooper and Lorenzano were arrested Oct. 11 in Lewis County after meeting for a drug transaction. Police seized 5 ounces of heroin and at least 1.5 pounds of meth, and also found $4,251 in Cooper’s purse, according to the newspaper.

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