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Monday, June 14, 2021

Umatilla car theft suspect known as ‘Weasel’ caught with methamphetamine

Jeffry Wayne Morries

A man also known as “Weasel” is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after Marion and Lake County law enforcement agents caught him with methamphetamine while he was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle early Wednesday morning.

Jeffry Wayne Morries, 36, of 16130 SE 254th Ave. in Umatilla, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, grand theft of a motor vehicle, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, and fleeing/eluding law enforcement at a high speed.

A Marion County deputy responded to 16620 SE 251st Terrace shortly before 4 a.m. to assist Lake County agents in recovering a stolen vehicle and locating the suspect. The agents – a sergeant, a corporal, two detectives and two deputies – said Morries was the suspect inside the residence was in possession of a stolen 2013 grey Hyundai Tuscon, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

While the agents were establishing a plan to approach the residence, Morries came out of the residence and entered the vehicle. Deputies converged on the residence and conducted a felony traffic stop, the report said.

A detective searched Morries and found a small clear bag containing an unknown crystallized substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. The total amount was 1.70 grams, according to the report.

Morries was taken to the Marion County Jail. He will appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 17.