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Kennewick man’s connection to 5-pound meth bust being investigated

Illegal drug trends in the Tri-Cities

Sgt. Aaron Clem of the Kennewick Police Department discusses illegal drug trends and overdose deaths in the Tri-Cities.
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Sgt. Aaron Clem of the Kennewick Police Department discusses illegal drug trends and overdose deaths in the Tri-Cities.

Investigators are trying to determine if a 43-year-old Kennewick man is connected to the discovery of five pounds of meth at two Mattawa mobile homes this week.

Enrique A. Zamora Osoria was arrested outside of the mobile homes shortly after 2 p.m. on three misdemeanor warrants during a joint operation of a Drug Enforcement Agency task force and Mattawa police, Mattawa Chief Joe Harris told the Herald.

Zamora Osoria told investigators he recently moved to the rural city in southern Grant County, but his last listed address was on Olympia Street in Kennewick.

The investigation led the officers to a mobile home park on the 200 block of Fourth Street about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Federal agents rounded up Ignacio Guzman-Gurrusquieta, 29, of Mattawa, running away from the homes. Special Agent Sam Keiser said in an affidavit that Guzman-Gurrusquieta began fleeing as soon as he saw police.

Authorities say Guzman-Gurrusquieta changed his story several times during his conversation with investigators, first saying he would regularly buy a kilogram of meth from a man named Tio and sell it in Seattle for $5,500. He later said he was scheduled to make his first pick-up that day.

Meth found on another man

While investigators found a small pill bottle in his pocket with 15 packages of meth ready for sale and 100 grams under his bed, they found the bulk of the meth — nearly 5 pounds — in the bed of his truck.

They also found a .22-caliber revolver and a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun during the search.

Guzman-Gurrusquieta is in federal custody in Spokane facing drug and gun charges.

DEA officials say the investigation is still ongoing, but it doesn’t appear to be connected to the Tri-Cities.

Zamora Osoria is currently being held in the Grant County jail on the warrants.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.


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