October 5, 2005
Hood River County deputies spent a wet Friday afternoon hiding behind trees and bushes along Thomsen Road to await the arrival of a suspected drug dealer.
The brown of their uniforms blended with the bark of the trees that shielded them.
None of the law enforcement officials appeared to notice the rain drops that trickled through the green and russet canopy above their heads.
Their total concentration was on the driveway in front of them where the vehicle of a “client” was expected at any time.
“Let’s do this. Let’s get moving – this guy is on our list and we want him,” had been the rallying cry of an undercover officer just minutes earlier.
He had just fielded a request for a drug buy over a cell phone that belonged to one of two newly-arrested men.
The deputies and members of the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) felt, in spite of the inclement weather, it might be their lucky day.
They could end up transporting three suspects to jail instead of the father and son who sat handcuffed and silent in nearby patrol cars.
“We mean business and we hope that drug dealers in this area are getting the message,” said Patrol Capt. Jim Tomsen.
The hopes of the team were somewhat dashed when the targeted individual called to say that his car had broken down and he could not travel to their location. But, all things considered, it had been a good day for MINT in spite of the dismal fall weather.
“These arrests are the result of a five-month investigation,” said a MINT spokesperson while he packaged marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.
A search of the mid-valley farm worker cabin occupied by Ascencio Solis Gordian, 56, had reportedly netted the small cache of drugs.
After obtaining a search warrant about 1 p.m. on Oct. 1, MINT members had scoured the two-room unit that Gordian and his wife had been living in for less than two weeks.
They allegedly discovered the illicit substances under the couple’s bed and in a dresser drawer. Officers had also reportedly found a small amount of meth in Gordian’s clothing at the time of his arrest.
His son, Rosario Gordian Cruz, had watched without emotion as MINT then prepared to arrest his friend from Hood River. He would unexpectedly be celebrating his 30th birthday behind bars on the following day. According to MINT members, the younger man had allegedly arranged several drug sales to an undercover officer.
Tomsen said citizens also have a role to play in the fight to stop drug use and sales in Hood River County. He asked anyone with information about these illegal activities to make a confidential call to the MINT tipline at 387-7034.