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Search warrant yields four drug arrests

by: Contributed photos MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Clockwise from top left: Scott Newman, Anthony Heller, Katy Armstrong and Lisa Smelser.

Gresham police arrested four people on drug charges Wednesday, Feb. 22, when a search warrant revealed a drug house in the 21000 block of Southeast Salmon Street.

According to police reports, detectives found heroin and methamphetamine, as well as narcotics packaging and paraphernalia, when they executed a search warrant at 11:30 a.m. for alleged possession, manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances at the house.

Katy May Armstrong, 24, who lived at the address, was arrested on a warrant and for possession of methamphetamine.

The other two residents at the house, Anthony Heller, 25, and Lisa Smelser, 33, also were arrested on drug possession charges: Heller for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, found in the living area, and Smelser for methamphetamine, found in her bedroom, according to police reports.

Scott Newman, 37, of The Dalles, was arrested and held without bail for violating probation. He was also charged for driving with a suspended license.

When police arrived at the address to execute the warrant, Newman was pulling away from the house, according to reports.

Gresham police followed Newman for several miles, and when he didn't signal a right turn from Northeast 188th Avenue to Northeast Hassalo Street, officers pulled him over.

Newman was driving with two passengers, according to the report. His license was suspended; the officer asked for identification, and Newman showed his inmate ID card.

Newman's probation officer said his alleged visit to a drug house put him in violation of probation.