Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

Heroin, 5 lbs. of pot also taken

The Del Norte Sheriff's Office confiscated over a pound of meth after making contact with a vehicle driving south on U.S. Highway 101 early Sunday morning.

Sheriff's Deputy Enrique Ortega was patrolling in Klamath around 1 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle that matched the description of one that is involved in an investigation, sheriff's Commander Bill Steven said.

When Ortega pulled behind the car to get a better look, Paul Tabash, 38, of Yreka, pulled onto the shoulder of the road, Steven said.

Angela Abels, 21, of Yreka, then hopped out of the car and ran into the brush, Steven said.

Ortega approached the vehicle and spoke with Tabash about Abels running, Steven said.

Tabash explained Abels was going to relieve herself, Steven said.

Ortega smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and asked to search the vehicle, Steven said.

Five pounds of marijuana was confiscated - three pounds were packaged individually -as well as 4.8 grams of heroin, Steven said.

Ortega and another sheriff's deputy who arrived as backup then went into the brush to where Abels went, Steven said.

"That's where they found a Walmart bag with a pound-and-a-half of meth," said Steven.

Of the 20 ounces found, nine were packaged separately, Steven said.

"Those kinds of busts are few and far between," said Steven, who estimated the street value of the meth to be about $60,000.

"If (a dealer) mixes it then he could double that figure," said Steven.

Dealers typically sell meth at $100 per gram, which could last the buyer several days depending on their tolerance, Steven said.

Abels and Tabash were booked into the county jail Monday morning, where Tabash still sits; Abels was released on bail, Steven said.

District Attorney Jon Alexander charged the two on Wednesday with several drug related charges including possession, transportation and possession for sale, with counts for each kind of drug. He indicated that Tabash had been on parole for a strong-armed robbery.

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