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Canine Alert leads to methamphetamine and stolen firearms arrest. - 05/16/16
On 05/14/16 at approximately 11:00 pm, an officer of the McMinnville Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of SW Fellows Street and SW Eckman Court. The vehicle driver was identified as Leonardo Leija - 33 years old out of Salem, Oregon. Mr. Leija was taken into custody on a felony warrant for his arrest.

Drug detection K-9 "Jack" was utilized during the stop and alerted on the exterior of the vehicle. A search was conducted and during the search, two loaded semi auto firearms were located. One of the firearms was determined to be stolen out of McMinnville. In addition, more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material was located inside the vehicle. The methamphetamine has a street value of between $2,000-$3,000.

Leonardo was lodged at the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment in Yamhill County Circuit Court for the following charges:

a felony warrant,
Felon in Possession of a Firearm x 2,
Theft I (by receiving),
Resisting Arrest,
Carrying a Concealed Weapon x 2 and
Unlawful Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine. Total SRA = $50,000

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Jared Wiebold at the McMinnville Police Department at (503) 434-7307.
Owen Woods is no longer a missing person - Update 5-9-16 - 05/09/16
This morning we learned that Owen Woods contacted his family yesterday and he is no longer considered to be a missing person. Thank you to everyone that helped with trying to locate him.

We have worked with Lincoln County and he has been removed from any police database as a missing person since he is of no further interest.