“Significant” amount of fentanyl seized in Redding trafficking investigation

REDDING, Calif. — Following countless recent fentanyl-related overdoses throughout the North State region and nation, including a suspected fentanyl overdose that left three men dead inside a Redding home last January, Redding Police Department is continuing to focus on the deadly drug and announced yesterday the arrest of two people accused of trafficking a “significant” amount of fentanyl into the Redding area.

“Shasta County has seen an increase of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths in recent months,” said Redding Police Neighborhood Police Unit Sergeant Timothy Renault; adding that the Department’s Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) and members of the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF) “will continue to target fentanyl and heroin dealers who try to bring deadly drugs into the Redding Community.”


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As part of an ongoing fentanyl crackdown, officers with Redding PD’s NPU have been investigating Brandon Douglas Roades, 32, of Redding, and Ashley Lin Myers, 31, of Redding, for the distribution of fentanyl in the City of Redding, explained Renault.

“NPU developed information that Roades and Myers were picking up large quantities of fentanyl from the Bay Area and transporting it back to Redding,” explained Renault; who added that Roades and Myers were suspected of then selling the fentanyl to their customers.

Redding Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) and members of the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF) “will continue to target fentanyl and heroin dealers who try to bring deadly drugs into the Redding Community,” officials said after the fentanyl trafficking-related arrests of Redding residents Brandon Roades and Ashley Myers.

As their investigation into Myers and Roades continued earlier this month, on the morning of February 11, NPU located the vehicle being driven by Roades and Myers in the area of Cypress and Parkview avenues, Renault said yesterday in a social media release.

The vehicle was stopped and Roades and Myers were detained, according to the Sergeant.

NPU officers and SINTF agents then served a search warrant on Roades and Myers and the vehicle they were driving; at which time they located two ounces of fentanyl.

“This is a significant amount of fentanyl, as a very small amount is needed to feel the effects of the drug,” Renault explained; adding, “Fentanyl can be extremely deadly, as shown with recent overdoses and deaths in our community.”


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Roades and Myers were booked into the Shasta County Jail for transportation of controlled substances across noncontiguous counties and for possession for sale of controlled substances, according to Renault.

“NPU is also submitting to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for charges of transportation of controlled substance and for conspiracy to commit a crime,” said the NPU Seergeant.

Online jail records indicate that neither Myers nor Roades remain in Shasta County custody.

Anyone with information about this investigation or other fentanyl-related crimes in the City of Redding is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R008993 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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.