Traffic stop of Redding felon yields drugs, firearm

REDDING, Calif. — Already on PRCS felony probation for vehicle theft, a Redding man was arrested after a traffic stop that uncovered heroin and a rifle yesterday evening, Wednesday, Sept. 16.


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The alleged suspect, 25-year-old Tyson Farrell, came to the attention of Redding PD when an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation shortly after 10 p.m., Redding Police Sgt. Gary Meadows reported after the stop and arrest.

During the traffic stop the officer learned Farrell was driving without a license and was on PRCS probation.

Tyson Farrell, 25, of Redding was arrested during a traffic stop that uncovered a rifle, heroin and a heroin smoking pipe. RPD photos

During a subsequent search of Farrell’s vehicle, the officer located a .17 caliber rifle, according to Meadows; who added, “Although the stock had been removed it was still a fully functional firearm.” 

A small amount of heroin and a heroin smoking pipe were also located in the vehicle.

Farrell was arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and driving without a license.

Online jail records indicated Farrell had already been released and was no longer in custody at the time of this report.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.