Tonya Rulli, Senior Deputy Prosecutor
1013 Franklin Street
PO Box 5000
Vancouver WA 98666-5000
(360) 397-2261 (Phone)
(360) 397-2230 (FAX)
The Felony Drug Team consists of three deputy prosecuting attorneys and four legal support staff members. The team has three main tasks:
- To prosecute felony violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;
- To handle civil property forfeiture proceedings for certain law enforcement agencies;
- To prosecute felony drug cases in the Clark County Superior Court Drug Court
Violations of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act usually involve the unlawful possession, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances. In Clark County the vast amount of such cases involve the unlawful possession of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
State statutes provide that in certain situations law enforcement agencies can seize real and personal property in the course of their investigations. This property may be subject to seizure if it was used in the commission of certain felony offenses or if it is the proceeds or profit from such activity.
In addition, the drug team handles the prosecutor's obligations relative to the Clark County Superior Court Drug Court. Drug Court is a program for certain individuals who have been convicted of unlawful possession of controlled substances or of certain other felony offenses directly related to the defendant's addiction to controlled substances. The program is at least a year long and consists of drug treatment, return appearances before a Superior Court Judge, aftercare, and a series of other conditions and obligations all supervised by the drug court team.