Photo: scene from the bust
Originally published as a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post –
“Copperopolis, CA) – On February 24, 2021, at about 12:40 AM, a deputy from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division located a suspicious vehicle parked at a vista point on Highway 4 near Shirley Rd., Copperopolis.
While contacting the two occupants of the vehicle, the deputy ascertained the driver, Sammy Phillip High (45 years of age from Copperopolis), was on probation from San Joaquin County and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Suspect High was placed under arrest without incident.
Additional deputies arrived and assisted with searching High’s vehicle. While searching the vehicle, deputies located a box inside the vehicle containing 9 grams of methamphetamine, two glass smoking pipes commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, a digital scale, 55 plastic baggies, and suspect High’s birth certificate.
When deputies questioned High regarding the box’s contents, he denied the box belonging to him. Locating suspect High’s birth certificate inside contributed to the deputies in determining the ownership of the box and its illegal contents.
Suspect Sammy Phillip High was booked in the county jail and charged with 11378 H&S possession of a controlled substance for sale, 11364 H&S possession of drug paraphernalia, and the San Joaquin warrant. He is being held with a total bail of $65,000.”