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Man deported after local conviction arrested again in Clark County

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A man deported to Mexico after being convicted on drug and gun charges in Clark County has been arrested in Clark County again.

Pastor "German" Vargas-Castro, 22, was previously arrested on Feb. 2, 2012 by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.

Deputies said he was in possession of a half-pound of methamphetamine, two loaded guns and around $10,000 in cash. He pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Under Department of Corrections guidelines, he was deported to Mexico in lieu of serving the prison sentence.

Shortly after his release and deportation, investigators learned Vargas-Castro had illegally re-entered the U.S. and returned to Clark County to traffic meth.

On Tuesday, task force members followed a BMW sedan being used by Vargas-Castro and driven by a woman believed to be his girlfriend. They followed it to a home in Orchards on Northeast 129th Avenue.

Vargas-Castro was seen leaving the home with another man at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a black pickup truck, according to detectives. They followed the truck to Northeast 136th Avenue and Ninth Street in Vancouver when it appeared the suspects realized they were being followed.

The truck suddenly accelerated, turned sharply onto westbound Ninth Street and hit a car stopped at a red light.

After the crash, the two suspects jumped out of their still-moving truck and attempted to run away, deputies said.

Nestor Cruz, 37, was caught in the nearby WinCo parking lot by people who saw the hit-and-run collision happen.

Vargas-Castro ran into an open field where a K-9, named Ike, quickly caught him. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a dog bite and then arrested.

Investigators said they found a large amount of meth on Vargas-Castro. A handgun was also found in the driver's door of the truck.

Vargas-Castro was booked into the Clark County Jail on outstanding warrants related to his unlawful return to the U.S. and his previous conviction. New drug and weapon charges are expected to be filed as well, according to deputies.

Cruz was also arrested on outstanding warrants and may face additional charges, as well.

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