SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - Two people were arrested when a traffic stop led deputies to locate a large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said the county’s new Domestic Highway Enforcement team pulled a red SUV over around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate-5 south of Anderson Grade.
The officer saw multiple criminal indicators and searched the vehicle that had two occupants.
The officer located a large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
The driver, 33-year-old Noel Suniga-Rosas, took off from the scene when officers attempted to arrest him.
An officer took off after him while another officer stayed with the passenger, 33-year-old Maria Lorenzo-Pineda.
Suniga-Rosas was detained a couple of hundred yards away from the vehicle.
Eleven packages of suspected methamphetamine that weighed about 10 pounds were found in the cargo area of the vehicle. Officers also found 1.75 pounds of M30 fentanyl pills.
The Suniga-Rosas and Lorenzo-Pineda were arrested and taken to the Siskiyou County Jail. They were booked on possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony transportation of a controlled substance and felony conspiracy.
The sheriff’s office said about $17,000 worth of methamphetamine and several hundred fentanyl pills were seized.