Salem woman wanted in connection with heroin trafficking arrested

A Salem woman who was wanted by Polk County Sheriff's Office in connection with heroin trafficking throughout Polk and Marion counties has been arrested, according to officials.

Samantha Gaines, 27, was arrested following a roughly monthlong investigation conducted by the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (P.O.I.N.T) that resulted in finding heroin in a storage unit operated by Gaines.

"The public's assistance was extremely helpful in locating this fugitive," said a post on the Polk County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Gaines' alleged accomplice in the drug trafficking, Levi McCleskey, of McMinnville, was arrested on April 21 with the help of the Salem Police Street Crimes Unit.

Authorities found 22.5 grams of heroin, danabol steroids, cash and gold on McCleskey when he was arrested. More contraband was found at his residence after police were granted a search warrant.

Gaines was wanted on felony warrants for delivery of heroin and possession of heroin. She was believed to be armed with either a .45 caliber or 9mm pistol, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Gaines is currently facing two charges of possession of heroin, one charge of possession of methamphetamine, one charge of delivery of heroin and second-degree theft.

She was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in November 2013, possession of heroin in July 2013, second-degree theft and third-degree theft in March 2013.

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