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Two traffic stops in Dorris turned into drug busts

The driver tried to get away from the deputy twice.

Posted: Sep 15, 2019 10:30 AM

DORRIS, Cali -- The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says it made two traffic stops this week that resulted in drug busts. 

The first one happened on Thursday in the Dorris area.  A deputy tried to stop a rental-type truck on Mathews Road for lighting violations. The deputy noticed five vehicles all driving together. A traffic stop was tried on the rental truck, but a dodge pick up with New Jersey license plates sped up to where the deputy was trying to go. "This action appeared to be a deliberate attempt to divert the deputy from the enforcement action against the rental-type truck, and the action of the pick-up driver may have been a deliberate attempt to run the deputy’s vehicle off the road to protect the illegal drug load." said Sheriff Jon Lopey with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. 

After the attempt the rental truck ran through a stop sign. The deputy was now behind the rental truck with all emergency lights and sirens on. The rental truck tried to get away by driving 65 miles per hour. The driver also tried to jump out of the rental truck, but he got caught in the seat belt and fell to the ground. He was dragged for about 10 feet. He was airlifted to a hospital. 

There were 50 illegal marijuana plants inside the rental truck. The Sheriff's Office is still looking for two of the drivers that surrounded the rental truck. 

Later that day another traffic stop happened in Dorris. The deputy found a gun and more than 100 pounds of illegal marijuana. 

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a very productive week for SCSO deputies, counter-drug agents, and our federal, state, and local partners. The enforcement stops were conducted by deputies under potentially dangerous circumstances but both of them did their jobs and did it well, especially in view of the apparent direct intervention of co-conspirators in an effort to divert or deliberately obstruct the first deputy from detecting the large, illicit drug load in the rental truck. NSMIT operations were also highly-productive and all seizures of illegal drugs, firearms, and the arrest or identification of drug trafficking suspects again illustrates the magnitude of the illegal marijuana drug trade in Siskiyou County and region. These incidents are still under investigation and anyone with information about these cases or other illegal drug activities is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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