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Police Blotter: Longview police make organized drug crime arrest Tuesday

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Editor’s note: Information is provided by the Cowlitz County Corrections Department and local law enforcement agencies. Each individual named in this report is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Organized drug crime — Longview police Tuesday arrested Efrein Velarde Pelayo, 33, of Longview, on suspicion of leading an organized crime, selling or manufacturing heroin and methamphetamine, criminal impersonation and possession of a controlled substance.

Residential burglary — Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested Steven Carson, 24, of Kelso, on suspicion of residential burglary and felony harassment.

Stolen vehicle — Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies Tuesday arrested Stefani Wharton, 37, of Longview, on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Fraud — An Ariel resident told Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies Tuesday that her online Walmart account was hacked and used to ship items to a South Carolina address.

Fraud — Longview police Tuesday received a report of a phone scam where someone impersonating a federal agent tricked a resident into sharing their Social Security number.


  • 2500 block of Dike Road, Woodland. Tuesday. Commercial burglary. Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies recovered some stolen items at a pawn shop in Longview.
  • 6400 block of Old Pacific Highway, Kalama. Tuesday. John Deere Gator and smaller items reported stolen.

Stolen vehicles

  • 300 block of 21st Avenue, Longview. Tuesday. Brown 1995 Subaru Legacy with chrome rims and multiple golf ball-sized dents. Washington BNV4267.
  • 1200 block of Commerce Avenue, Longview. Tuesday. Maroon 2001 Cadillac DeVille, Washington plates.


  • 100 block of Davidson Avenue, Woodland. Person living in car connected their vehicle to a city power outlet.

Vandalism/malicious mischief

  • 1700 block of Allen Street, Kelso. Tuesday. HVAC unit reported stolen.
  • 2100 block of Eighth Avenue, Longview. Tuesday. Broken glass and burglar alarm triggered at business.
  • 4600 block of Merlin Street, Longview. Passenger window on truck broken.

Vehicle prowl

  • 100 block of Shadywood Lane, Kelso. Tuesday. Battery stolen from car while in parking lot.


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