By News-Register staff • 

Two arrested on drug charges near Amity schools

Albert Placido Garcia Jr.
Albert Placido Garcia Jr.
Martin Vincent Selk
Martin Vincent Selk

AMITY - The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics and Community Response teams joined forces to serve a search warrant last week and arrest two Amity residents.

Drug activity they allegedly were engaged in was occurring 804 Goucher St., within 1,000 feet of both Amity High School and Middle School.

The suspects were identified as Alexander Placido Garcia Jr., 41, and Martin Vincent Selk, 53. Both were arraigned last Thursday before Circuit Court Judge Ronald Stone on one count each of possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, a Class C felony. Garcia was also in violation of his release agreement related to a pending drug case.

Garcia is lodged in jail on $35,000 bail and Selk $15,000.

The search warrant that was served on the residence was the result of a three-month investigation into the sale of meth at the Goucher Street location, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Ray.

During a traffic stop that preceded the search warrant being served, a quantity of meth, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and other drug-related evidence was located in the vehicle, Ray said.

"The Community Response Team and YCINT have no shortage of work," Sheriff Tim Svenson said. "I'm glad they are able to recognize how low level dealers and users affect the quality of life in a particular neighborhood, especially when there are schools nearby."

The Amity and McMinnville police departments and Oregon State Police assisted with serving the search warrant and taking the suspects into custody.

Both are due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for an arraignment on a grand jury indictment.

Garcia is no stranger to the drug team. He was indicted last October on one count each felon in possession of a restricted weapon, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance/meth.

Ray gave this account of the arrest:

The drug and community response teams were conducting surveillance on two individuals, Garcia and Blanca Estella Valencia, 35, of Dayton.

A vehicle they were in, with Garcia driving, was stopped by McMinnville police at Northeast Highway 99W and McDaniel Lane., according to court records.

After a narcotics K9 arrived, Valencia got out of the vehicle and walked into a convenience store, carrying a large purse. A plain clothes deputy followed her in, and when the dog alerted on the car to the presence of narcotics, Valencia was detained.

Digital scales, a glass meth pipe, drug records, a small amount of marijuana and two small Ziplock bags of a crystal substance that appeared to be meth were found on Valencia.

Suspected meth was also found in the center cosole of the vehicle. Garcia was also in possession of nunchucks, a prohibited weapon due to his felony status.

All of the crystal substances seized from Garcia and Valencia tested positive for meth.

She pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance/meth, a Class B felony. Judge John Collins sentenced her to six days in jail, 24 months probation and suspended her driver's license for six months.She was also ordered to pay $450 in fees and fines.

Garcia will be back in court on this case at 11:15 a.m. Monday, March 2 for a trial report conference.

Selk also has a pending case. He was indicted earlier this year on two counts each of first-degree theft and second-degree burglary, and one count each of attempt to commit a Class B felony. All the charges are Class C felonies.

Selk and a co-defendant are accused of a rural Amity burglary. Batteries, milk cans, wire and other metal items were taken.


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