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Zahn indicted on numerous drug charges
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A man with a long history of running from police and committing a slew of illegal activities has been stopped in his tracks after being indicted during the January meeting of the Grand Jury.

Matthew Caleb Zahn, 26, was indicted on charges of possession of hydrocodone, possession of oxycodone, possession of marijuana for resale, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, not having a driver’s license and violation of the registration law.  

During the night of Back to the Strip on June, 22, 2019, McMinnville City Police Officer Bobby Anderson was on patrol on Hobson Street when he witnessed a motorcycle traveling north bound at a high rate of speed. 

“Due to the Back to the Strip event, there was heavy traffic on the roadways,” says Anderson. “While on Hobson Street, I could hear the motorcycle and saw it traveling at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle braked hard, but I still clocked the speed at 59 miles per hour in a 30 zone.”

Anderson made a traffic stop on the motorcycle where it pulled into the parking lot of Tractor Supply. The driver was identified as Matthew Caleb Zahn. He admitted he had been showing off for his friends.

“When I stopped him, I recognized who he was since he has a long history of running from law enforcement officials,” says Anderson. “He was on probation for having previously sold drugs. I placed him under arrest for driving recklessly and not having a motorcycle license.”

Upon searching Zahn, Anderson discovered a bottle of prescription pills identified as hydrocodone and oxycodone in Zahn’s cargo pocket. The bottle did not have a label. 

Anderson transported Zahn to the Warren County jail where his backpack was searched. Correction officers found two large baggies of marijuana, along with digital scales and baggies. 

“I’m not positive of the exact amount of marijuana Zahn possessed, but he admitted to me it was half a pound,” says Anderson. 

“He has a long criminal history,” adds Anderson. “There are many reports involving Zahn from 2017.  Since reaching adulthood, he has continuously been caught with drugs, guns and running from the police.”