McMinnville K9 Tucker helps in arrest

On February 15, 2019, at about 10:15 pm, McMinnville Police Officers contacted two vehicles on a traffic stop in 2000 block of South Hwy 99 W.  One of the vehicles stopped was a red Dodge Neon driven by Gary Steele.  During the traffic stop, Officer Maierhofer deployed his narcotics detection canine Tucker.  Canine Tucker indicated the presence of a controlled substance was contained within the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle was conducted.  The search yielded a total of approximately 36.8 grams of methamphetamine, 1.6 grams of heroin, packaging materials, a scale, and a smoking device.

Based on the investigation, Steele was lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine                                                              $10,000

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (more than 2 grams)                              $7,500

Unlawful Possession of Heroin                                                                                  $10,000


A female passenger, Jaunita Frye was also lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on the following charge:


Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (less than 2 grams)                   $5000

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