Redding traffic stop yields heroin, meth, $13,000

REDDING — A probationer, who was already well known to Shasta County law enforcement officers after being booked into the Shasta County Jail sixteen times over the last eleven years for various charges, was arrested once again after a traffic stop uncovered a large quantity of drugs and cash in his possession yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, Feb. 25.


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At around 2 p.m., Redding police officers stopped a 2007 Kia sedan for a traffic violation in the area of E. Cypress St. and Beverly Dr., Redding Police Sgt. Todd Cogle later reported.

Officers quickly determined the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 36-year-old, Michael Robert Vukobradovich, of Redding, was on probation. While speaking with officers, Vukobradovich allegedly admitted he had narcotics inside the vehicle.

Redding police officers say a traffic stop yielded heroin, methamphetamine, and cash, and led to the arrest of 36-year-old, Michael Robert Vukobradovich, of Redding. RPD photos

During a subsequent search of Vukobradovich’s vehicle, officers discovered more than two ounces of heroin hidden inside the car’s steering wheel, as well as a small amount of methamphetamine in the driver’s door pocket. 

Officers also located more than $13,000 in U.S. currency as well as packaging materials indicative of narcotics sales, according to Cogle.

Based on the amount of narcotics and cash discovered in Vukobaradovich’s possession, officers requested assistance from the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force, at which time SINTF agents responded to assist with the investigation. 

Based on their findings, Vukobaradovich was booked into Shasta County Jail on charges of possession of heroin for sale, transportation of heroin for sale, possession of methamphetamine, and violation of probation.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.