Search Warrant Results in Arrests & Seizure of Drug Lab, Ammo & Cash On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT) served a search warrant at a residence in the 30000 block of Crag View Drive, near Dunsmuir. The location is south of Dunsmuir near the Shasta/Siskiyou County Lines. The search warrant started with a routine stop made by a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy. On October 21, 2018 at about 1:45 p.m., Deputy Kubowitz made a routine traffic stop. During the traffic stop Deputy Ortiz recovered about 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and found the driver in possession of a large amount of United States currency. Mr. Jack Donald Wood, 56, was arrested by the deputies for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Other evidence and drug paraphernalia were found during the traffic stop as well. SUMIT agents responded to the scene after they were called and apprised of the seizure. Investigative follow-up was conducted by SUMIT agents in coordination with the lead agent, a detective from SCSO, and the involved deputies. A search warrant was obtained though the court. The November 1st search warrant was conducted by SUMIT with the assistance of several agencies, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Alcohol and Beverage Control, and deputies from SCSO. The men subject to the search warrant operation have Shasta County and Siskiyou County connections and are linked to local communities. Three male adults were contacted in the residence by SUMIT agents. One suspect, Mr. Cody Edwin Kuntz, 32, was on parole (assault with deadly weapon) and had a large knife and drug paraphernalia in his immediate vicinity. The paraphernalia is used to smoke controlled substances. Mr. Kuntz is on active parole and was arrested for the weapons, drug, and parole violations. Another occupant, Mr. Joseph Daniel Gordon, 45, had five felony arrest warrants issued in Siskiyou County for his immediate arrest. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of 17-pounds of illicit processed marijuana, and the components, including containers and volatile butane fuel for a concentrated cannabis (BHO) lab were recovered. Live ammunition, including a high-capacity rifle magazine, cellular phones, and a large amount of U.S. currency were seized in the residence. Not learning much from his first encounter with SCSO and SUMIT on October 21st, 14.5 grams of methamphetamine were recovered concealed on Mr. Wood’s person. Wood, a convicted felon, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and for being a felon in possession of live ammunition. Mr. Kuntz and Mr. Gordon were transported to the Siskiyou County Jail (Yreka) where they were booked for their crimes. Mr. Wood was transported to the Shasta County Jail (Redding) where he was booked for his offenses. SUMIT is a California Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation (BI) task force made up of several federal, state, and local agencies. Currently, SUMIT agents, considered elite investigators, hail from SCSO, CHP, DOJ, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Yreka Police Department (YPD). The Weed Police Department will soon resume participation and support is received from the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Probation Department. The United States Forest Service and Lake Shastina Police Department are providing part-time support to SUMIT. During 2017, SUMIT agents opened 66 investigations, made 65 drug arrests, served 23 search warrants and seized 10,213 grams of methamphetamine, 399 pounds of processed marijuana, 279 grams of concentrated cannabis, 63 grams of heroin, 1,123 grams of cocaine, 126 prescription pills, 12 firearms and a large quantity of drug-related U.S. currency. SUMIT is commanded by a DOJ/BI Special Agent in Charge and has been existence in Siskiyou County for over 30-years. The current SUMIT Board chair-person is Chief Dave Gamache of the Yreka Police Department. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a good piece of police work because two alert SCSO deputies turned an ordinary traffic stop into a major drug arrest. These deputies teamed with SUMIT and their follow-up investigation resulted in a successful search warrant operation that resulted in three felony arrests, which has made the community much safer. This marked a good day for the involved law enforcement agencies and more importantly, for the citizens victimized by the lawless acts of the three suspects. Additionally, the suspects will be afforded opportunities to obtain treatment and rehabilitation for their offenses while incarcerated in both counties.” Anyone with any information about illicit drug trafficking is urged to contact SUMIT at (530) 842-8374, contact your local agency, or the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.