Lopez man charged with possession of methamphetamines

On May 10, John Gardener Fox, 46, of Lopez, was arrested for assault after a domestic disturbance that occurred May 8 on Lopez Island. During his arrest, an officer found drugs on Fox.

Fox is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance that is a narcotic. Fox’s arraignment is set for Aug. 18 in San Juan County Superior Court. The domestic violence case was filed in district court and is still pending.

According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy report, after his arrest, Fox requested “amnesty” because he allegedly had drugs on his person. When he was booked into jail, an officer found a small bag containing white crystals. According to the deputy, Fox stated they were sea salt.

The crystals were given a presumptive field test and tested positive for amphetamines, according to court documents. Later a Washington State Patrol laboratory identified the substance as 0.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Fox’s criminal record includes reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, battery, driving under the influence and obstructing a public officer.