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SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - One Siskiyou County Deputy arrested three people on drug charges during two separate traffic stops.
Officials say on May 26, Deputy Stewart pulled over Anthony Grames Jr. and learned he had a suspended driver's license out of Alaska.
In a search of the vehicle, Deputy Stewart says he found several empty plastic baggies with meth residue, two small plastic baggies with a small amount of meth and two glass smoking pipes.
During this traffic stop, both Grames and his passenger, Jonnie Schulthess, were arrested for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grames was also charged with driving on a suspended driver's license.
"These enforcement stops and seizures of methamphetamine illustrate how common this dangerous drug is in our local communities," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "Methamphetamine has been linked to many deaths in Siskiyou County."
Then a day later on May 27, Deputy Stewart pulled over 42-year-old Mandron Coulter, who also had a suspended driver's license, this time out of Oregon.
Deputy Stewart said he found "a large quantity" of crystal meth, three plastic baggies holding meth in Coulter's sock, several empty plastic baggies with meth residue in his other sock and a glass smoking pipe.
Coulter was on probation out of Oregon and officials say he has an extensive criminal record.
In Siskiyou County, Coulter was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended or revoked driver license.
"During 2019 three out of eight fatal traffic collisions reported in the county were linked to meth, and sadly, suicides nearly doubled during 2019, with the most common link to methamphetamine, marijuana, alcohol, and opioids," said Sheriff Lopey. "Methamphetamine was a factor in approximately 29% of county suicides."
Anyone suffering from substance abuse challenges or aware of others who are, should seek treatment options by contacting Siskiyou County’s Substance Use Disorder by calling (530) 841-4890, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.