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Sheriff’s deputy discovers meth during highway stop on I-70

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Summit County sheriff’s deputy conducting a highway stop for speeding on Interstate 70 near mile marker 205 between Frisco and Silverthorne uncovered methamphetamines, marijuana and two shotguns from a suspect’s vehicle.According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Deputy Sam Hunter, pulled over 19-year-old Clayton Paulson of South Dakota on Dec. 7 for driving 84 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.Paulson told Hunter that he was returning to South Dakota from a wedding in Arizona, the report said.As Hunter was ticketing Paulson for speeding, he noticed an empty magazine shotgun sitting on the driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle. When Hunter asked Paulson whether he had any drugs or weapons in the vehicle, Paulson said he had an unloaded handgun between the seats.Hunter called in Deputy Julie Polly to provide backup while he searched the vehicle.Hunter subsequently found 26.99 grams of methamphetamines and two ounces of marijuana, as well as a second shotgun in the trunk, which was modified for easier concealment and wider ammunition spread, the report said.The deputies arrested Paulson and charged him with possession of an illegal weapon and possession of a controlled substance, which are both felonies, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fewer than 8 ounces of marijuana.He was released from the Summit County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond on Dec. 10. – Nicole Formosa

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