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Tigard Police arrest woman after monthlong search

Von WaldTigard Police have arrested an alleged methamphetamine dealer whose 6-year-old daughter tested positive for the drug.

According to Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf, Leslie Von Wald was taken into custody at 8 a.m., Tuesday at a home at 1116 C Ave., in Lake Oswego.

Charged with distributing methamphetamine, Von Wald, 44, had been on the run since April after police raided her home at Cascade Mobile Villa, 8915 S.W. Commercial Street in Tigard.

According to Wolf, officers searched Von Wald’s unit, where she, her 6-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old son were living.

Wolf said that police found a pound of methamphetamine, $4,600 in cash, drug paraphernalia and small quantities of other drugs.

Wolf said that doctors found evidence of both methamphetamines and amphetamines were found in the girl’s system, but said it’s not clear whether she was given the drugs intentionally or ingested them accidently.

Police released this photo of Van Wold during its search. Police received numerous reports and tips to her whereabouts, which lead to her arrest, said Jim Wolf, Tigard Police spokesman.Von Wald’s children were taken into protective custody, but Von Wald was not arrested at the time because officers were still gathering evidence, Wolf said.

Wolf said that officers received numerous tips and leads to Von Wald’s whereabouts, which lead to her arrest.

Von Wald was taken into custody without incident. She was lodged in the Washington County Hail.

Additional charges are likely to be filed, Wolf said.



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