POLK COUNTY — Felony charges have been filed against a man and woman from Minnesota following a K9 sniff and search of a vehicle which led to the discovery and seizure of 276 grams of methamphetamine.
Samantha Leuthard, of Waconia, MN, and Jacob McPheeters, of Bloomington, MN were arrested on November 27, 2019, in Polk County during an investigation into a possible stolen vehicle.
According to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Leuthard and McPheeters were stopped by law enforcement while traveling in a truck that was identified as stolen out of Minnesota.
Law enforcement had received information that the vehicle being driven by McPheeters and Leuthard had been identified as possibly connected to an on-going theft investigation.
The vehicle had license plates that returned as belonging to another vehicle and no VIN number was visible in the windshield of the vehicle. Further review of the vehicle records confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen out of Minnesota.
K9 Jaeger, Polk County Sheriff's Office
A “sniff” of the vehicle by K9 Jaeger resulted in the discovery of 65 grams of methamphetamine, several glass smoking devices which tested positive for methamphetamine residue, over 4 grams of marijuana, a large quantity of unused gem bags of the type used in packaging controlled substances, and a large quantity of cash.
After the vehicle had been impounded, a second search at a later date led to the discovery and seizure of an additional 200+ grams of meth, bringing the total grams seized to 276, according to Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak.
“This case is further proof of how K9’s are an effective and essential tool in fighting the meth crisis facing Polk County,” Sheriff Waak said to DrydenWire when asked how important K9’s are to law enforcement. “We added a second K9 last year and they are both vital in our effort to curb drug-trafficking in our area.”
Online circuit court records show that both McPheeters and Leuthard have been charged with Class C Felony Possess w/Intent-Amphetamine (>50g), Class I Felony Drive or Operate Vehicle w/o Consent, Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. They both are charged with Party to a Crime, and McPheeters also faces a penalty enhancer for being a repeat offender.
At a hearing on November 29, 2019, the Court placed both Leuthard and McPheeters on $10,000 cash bail bond.
McPheeters and Leuthard are both scheduled to appear for Preliminary Examination Hearings on December 3, 2019.
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