Redding motel probation search uncovers gun, drugs

REDDING, Calif. — Two men were arrested after a probation search at Motel 6, located at 1250 Twin View Blvd., uncovered two handguns, along with heroin, marijuana, paraphernalia, and other items associated with drug sales, Saturday evening, Oct. 25.


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A Redding PD police officer was patrolling the Motel 6 parking lot around 9:30 p.m. when he observed 26-year-old probationer, Tyler Stone, of Redding, enter one of the motel’s rooms, Redding Police Corporal Rob Garnero reported after the search and arrests.

The officer recognized Stone from prior contacts and knew he is searchable due to being on Shasta County Probation.

“With assistance from other officers, a probation search was conducted at Stone’s motel room,” said Garnero.

Officers found Stone and another man, Asher Jesse Mullens, 27, of Redding, inside of the room.

During their initial contact, Mullens admitted to officers that he had a firearm concealed in his waistband and officers safely retrieved a loaded and concealed 9mm handgun from him.

During the subsequent probation search of the motel room and Stone’s vehicle, which was parked  in the motel’s parking lot, officers also found the disassembled upper slide of a 9mm handgun, two magazines, ammunition, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug sales, according to Garnero.

Based on their search and findings, officers arrested both Stone and Mullens. 

Tyler Stone (L) and Asher Mullen (R) were arrested after a probation search at a Redding Motel 6 uncovered a gun, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and items associated with drug sales. Redding PD photos

Stone was later issued a citation for possession marijuana for sales and possession of drug paraphernalia and released at the scene.

Mullens was booked at Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of being a drug addict in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of an unregistered handgun, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Online jail records indicate Mullens remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R070302 and can remain anonymous.

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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.