Redding traffic stop yields firearms & drugs – Two arrested

REDDING, Calif. — A pair of convicted felons were arrested after a traffic enforcement stop uncovered a loaded semi-automatic SKS assault rifle and a stolen and loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, along with methamphetamine, numerous syringes, and other drug-related paraphernalia, Tuesday evening, Nov. 10.

“It was unclear what (the two men) intended to do with the firearms, but thanks to (our officer) the weapons and drugs are no longer on the streets of Redding,” a Redding PD official wrote in a social media release after the stop and arrests.


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Redding Police Officer Tim Jaegel made a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign at 9:26 p.m., Redding PD said in their release.

Jaegel made contact with two occupants inside the vehicle, since identified as 37-year-old, James Christopher Muck, of Redding, who was driving the vehicle, and his passenger, 35-year-old, Timothy Jack Parker, of Redding; who is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for vehicle theft.

Timothy Parker (L) and James Muck (R) were arrested during a traffic stop last night that uncovered an assault-type rifle with its serial number removed and a stolen handgun. Additionally, Muck was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Redding PD photos

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Jaegel discovered a loaded semi-automatic SKS assault rifle and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed under the seat Parker was sitting in.

“The rifle had its serial number scraped off and the 9mm handgun was reported stolen,” said RPD; adding, “Both Parker and Muck are convicted felons and prohibited from possessing firearms.”

Both occupants were arrested for illegal weapons possession.

At some point prior to being booked in jail, Muck disclosed he was concealing methamphetamine in his underwear, at which time officers seized approximately one ounce of methamphetamine from the felon.


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Both men were later booked in Shasta County Jail in Redding on charges related to the weapons possession as well as possession of methamphetamine for sales.

An online jail records search indicated remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond, while Parker’s booking information was still being processed and was not available as 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.


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