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Waterville man arrested for 2013 drug bust

— A suspect in a drug raid a year ago has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly possessing stolen property and methamphetamines with intent to deliver.

Lane Daling, 55, of Waterville, was found Wednesday in a vehicle with two other men near Mattawa, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said.

U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force officers spotted Daling in the vehicle at about 1:30 p.m. on Road 25 Southwest and stopped the vehicle. He was arrested with help from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and booked into Grant County Jail, Gjesdal said.

“It is unknown at this time if there are additional charges coming out of the arrest,” the sheriff said Wednesday.

Local law enforcement has been searching for Daling since June 4, 2013, when the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies raided two residences near Douglas, a town located on state Highway 2 near Waterville.

The raid was in response to a rash of burglaries and thefts on the Waterville Plateau, Gjesdal said.

Investigators recovered a 1999 Blazer stolen from Yakima; a vehicle that had been repaired with stolen parts; a stolen rifle, power tools, camera and shop equipment; a large coin collection; evidence of a meth lab and an old marijuana grow; and some methamphetamine.

They also discovered a “makeshift laser device” mounted to a rifle stock on a tripod that appeared to be pointed at one of the RiverCom 911 relay towers, Gjesdal said after the raid.

One suspect attempted to flee the scene, but was caught. Daling escaped.

Three were arrested at the scene:

  • Cable L. Daling, 27, of Waterville, for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a loaded rifle in a vehicle.
  • Lamar J. Loomis, 38, of Ephrata, for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Theresa I. Diech, 24, of Waterville, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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