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Investigation was prompted by a suspicious death on May 5

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has made arrests in a five-month drug possession/distribution investigation. 

On May 5, deputies with the CCSO responded to an address in east Clark County on a report of a deceased male.  When deputies arrived they found the death suspicious and notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Team.  During their initial investigation detectives surmised that the victim had probably died from taking a counterfeit Oxycodone pill which likely contained the drug fentanyl. 

Detectives seized six firearms, approximately 11,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills, suspected of containing fentanyl, worth an estimated $111,000; a large quantity of steroids and other pills packaged for distribution, worth an estimated $35,000; $32,000 in cash. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Detectives seized six firearms, approximately 11,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills, suspected of containing fentanyl, worth an estimated $111,000; a large quantity of steroids and other pills packaged for distribution, worth an estimated $35,000; $32,000 in cash. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

During a five-month investigation Clark Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force Detectives with the assistance of Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives, Homeland Security Investigations agents and the United States Postal Service Inspectors developed probable cause for a search warrant at 8313 NE 158th Ave.  During the service of the search warrant detectives seized:

  • Six Firearms
  • Approximately 11,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills, suspected of containing fentanyl, worth an estimated $111,000.
  • A large quantity of steroids and other pills packaged for distribution, worth an estimated $35,000
  • $32,000 in cash

 Arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail:

• Joseph Cannarozzi, age 39, 85 counts of Forgery; Possession of Fentanyl with intent to deliver; Possession of Steroids with intent to deliver

• Melissa Salsedo, age 44, Possession of Fentanyl with intent to deliver; Possession of Steroids with intent to deliver

This investigation is continuing, and additional charges are likely.  There will be no further information released at this time.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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