On 2/9/22 at about 11:10am, an agent with the Siskiyou County Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) team was conducting traffic enforcement on Interstate 5 south of Anderson Grade.
An agent initiated a traffic enforcement stop on a red SUV occupied by two people after observing it violate traffic laws. During the course of the investigation the agent observed multiple criminal indicators that led him to believe that criminal activity was afoot. A search of the vehicle was conducted and the agent located a large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl being transported by the occupants.
The driver of the vehicle who was identified as 33 year-old Noel Suniga-Rosas fled the scene on foot when the agent attempted to arrest him. The agent pursued Suniga-Rosas on foot while another agent on scene stayed with the female occupant who was identified as 33 year-old Maria Luisa Lorenzo-Pineda. Suniga-Rosas was eventually safely apprehended several hundred yards north of the traffic stop.
During a search of the vehicle eleven packages of suspected Methamphetamine weighing approximately ten pounds were located in the cargo area. Also located was 1.75 pounds of M30 fentanyl pills.
Suniga-Rosas and Lorenzo-Pineda were both placed under arrest and transported to the Siskiyou County Jail where they were booked for felony possession of Methamphetamine for sale, felony possession of Methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony transportation of a controlled substance, and felony conspiracy.
These arrests were the result of a multi-agency team specifically assembled by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office to address the known problem of drug trafficking through Siskiyou County. The involved agents removed what amounted to be approximately $17,000 worth of Methamphetamine and several hundred fentanyl pills from hitting the streets of different communities.
Courtesy of the Siskiyou County Sheriffs Office