Traffic stop leads to drug bust in Anderson

Jul 8, 2014 8:16 PM

A routine traffic stop-turned drug bust out of Anderson this morning.
It happened around 12:30 a.m. on Highway 273 at Ox Yoke road.

Anderson Police initially stopped 32-year old Nora Jean Hunter for suspended registration, which led their K9 in search of a much bigger clue.

"...a firearm...13 grams of heroin...73 grams of meth..."

Police say a stash that big only means one thing -- Nora Jean Hunter was dealing drugs -- not just using them.

"She is known to the Anderson Police Department."

Lieutenant Rocky Harpham says drug seizures like this one aren't common.
Anderson Police make about half a dozen large-scale drug arrests every year.

"Drugs are a part of society at this point, and it's a non stop battle to try and keep that under try and prevent the future usage of drugs."

These hardcore drugs don't only have local roots --

"We often see in cases of this size that drugs are coming from either countries or other parts of the state or region..."

If it wasn't for APD's K9 "aero", it would have taken officers much longer to discover the plethora of drugs and the revolver in hunter's car.

Getting another police dog on board and hiring new officers under Measure "A" are a few ways the police department is trying to tackle what seems to be a never-ending drug problem.

"I'm hoping that within the next 6 months to a year we'll start to see some of those effects of having better ability to take this on..."

Hunter was booked into the Shasta County Jail this morning -- she's being charged with 6 felonies.

"She's gonna be charged with possesion and transportation of meth and heroin, a loaded firearm while in possession of illegal substances and making a criminal violation while out on her own recognizance..."

In 2013, the Anderson Police Department made 51 arrests for the transportation of methamphetamine, and 15 arrests for the transportation of heroin.


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