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Deputies searching for armed, dangerous woman in connection with heroin investigation

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POLK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Deputies are searching for a woman considered armed and dangerous in connection with a heroin trafficking investigation in Polk County and Marion County.

The Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team began an investigation in March that led to the identification of suspects including Samantha Gaines and Levi McCleskey.

McCleskey was taken into custody on April 21 with the assistance of the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit.

Deputies said McCleskey was in possession of more than 22 grams of heroin at the time of his arrest, as well as danabol steroids and a "significant amount" of cash and gold.

A search warrant was served at McCleskey's home and a storage unit used by Gaines. Deputies said more contraband was seized.

FOX 12 spoke with a neighbor who has lived next to Gaines and McCleskey for years and he believes they were not tenants.

"A lot of cars, a lot of noise at 2, 3, 4, 5 in the morning," said Craig Hoy. "It seems to be over now so that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned and my neighbors as well because we've talked, and I mean, all my neighbors, so you know, it hasn't gone unnoticed."

Gaines remains on the loose and deputies are asking for the public's help tracking her down. She is believed to be armed with either a .45 caliber or a 9 mm pistol.

Anyone with information about Gaines' location or this investigation is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 503-623-9251 or co.polk.or.us.

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