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Stolen vehicle stop leads to alleged drug dealer’s arrest in Minnehaha

By , Columbian staff reporter
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Money, drugs and knives Clark County sheriff's deputies say they found when they arrested a Vancouver man Tuesday morning in Minnehaha.
Money, drugs and knives Clark County sheriff's deputies say they found when they arrested a Vancouver man Tuesday morning in Minnehaha. (Photo contributed by the Clark County Sheriff's Office) Photo Gallery

A Vancouver man was arrested Tuesday morning after deputies tried to stop him for driving a suspected stolen vehicle in Minnehaha and found a large amount of drugs, money and weapons on him, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began at 1:42 a.m., when a sheriff’s sergeant spotted a suspected stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at 4500 N.E. St. Johns Road. The sergeant saw a man get out of the car to go inside the convenience store, according to a news release.

Deputies contacted a woman who was a passenger in the car and detained her without incident, the sheriff’s office said. When the man came out of the store, he ran when approached by deputies but was subdued after a brief foot chase and taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.

The man was identified  as John McKenner 40, of Vancouver. Deputies searching him during the arrest found about 300 blue pills suspected to be fentanyl, multiple bags with a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, a bag with a brown substance that field tested positive for heroin, a bag containing suspected psilocybin mushrooms, another bag with an unidentified substance, two spring-bladed knives, multiple credit cards bearing other people’s names, a Washington ID with another person’s name and face and over $3,200 in cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

McKenner was evaluated by paramedics before he was taken to the Clark County Jail. He was booked on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, second-degree identity theft, three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three counts of second-degree possession of stolen property and one outstanding warrant, the news release states.

The woman was released at the end of the investigation.

Beyond minor scrapes, the sheriff’s office said no one was injured.

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