A Placerville man who allegedly jettisoned methamphetamine before a traffic stop in El Dorado County landed in jail along with a housemate.
A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle speeding eastbound on Highway 50 in Cameron Park on Sunday, but the driver quickly changed lanes, moving to the far right side of the highway, and threw a bag out of the vehicle onto the shoulder of the road, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. The vehicle then exited the freeway and stopped near Cambridge Road in Cameron Park.
Deputies and detectives searched the roadside and found two large Ziploc bags containing a total of 2 pounds of methamphetamine, the news release said.
The driver, identified as 25-year-old Anthony Ruiz of Placerville, was found to be on probation for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the news release. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.
During a subsequent search of Ruiz’s home and associated vehicles, detectives found 4.6 pounds of marijuana, a loaded 9 mm handgun and 1 pound of heroin. As a convicted felon, Ruiz is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition.
A woman who lived at the home, 25-year-old Frances Quigley of Placerville, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy, the news release said.
Both Ruiz and Quigley were booked into El Dorado County jail in Placerville.