Nearly 28 pounds of meth & heroin seized during Siskiyou County traffic stop

WEED, Calif., — Authorities say a minor traffic violation north of Weed in Siskiyou County led to the seizure of more than twenty-seven pounds of drugs Monday morning, Nov. 8.

Two Oregon residents were arrested as a result of the traffic stop and significant seizure, which California Highway Patrol says had an estimated street value of more than a half-million dollars.


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Monday’s seizure and arrests happened around 11 a.m. after a CHP – Yreka, Northern Division officer pulled over a 2011 Honda Odyssey on Interstate 5 at Parks Creek for a speeding violation, CHP Officer Greg Perkins later reported.

During the stop, it was discovered that neither the driver, Sixtos Ruiz, 24, nor his passenger, Mariela Delgado, 30, both from Hillsboro, Ore., were licensed leading the officer to impound the vehicle.

While inventorying the contents in the Honda prior to the vehicle being towed from the scene, the officer discovered several plastic bags filled with a white powdery substance wedged between the rear seat and rear storage area of the car. The substance was later confirmed to be methamphetamine. 

The officer also found two bundles of suspected heroin and five plastic bags containing thousands of blue tablets.

Due to the large amount of drugs discovered, the North State Major Investigations Team (NSMIT) was called in to assist with the investigation.

Approximately twenty-three pounds of methamphetamine, four and a half pounds of heroin, and around 5,000 tablets of another unspecified, suspected narcotic were seized as a result of the traffic stop, according to Perkins; who estimated the street value of the narcotics to be in excess of $450,000.

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Based on their investigation, officials arrested Ruiz and Delgado and both were later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of multiple drug possession and trafficking related charges.

Online jail records indicate both have since been released and are no longer in custody.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.