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