Pro-active, residential construction zone patrol leads to Anderson arrest

ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities say a man who was found parked inside a closed residential construction zone in Anderson where multiple recent thefts have been reported was arrested after officials found he was in possession of a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, and other prohibited items Tuesday evening, April 27.


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Tuesday night’s arrest happened after an Anderson Police Officer was conducting a patrol check of a residential construction project in the area of Ballentine Drive, Anderson Police Department has since said of the incident and arrest.

The pro-active patrol within the construction zone, which is currently closed to the public, was due to recent thefts in the area, officials explained.

Jason Gibson was arrested in Anderson, after he was found sitting in a car parked inside a closed, residential construction zone where multiple recent thefts have been reported. He was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, meth, and drug paraphernalia. Anderson Police Department photos

While driving through the area under construction, the officer spotted a parked pickup truck at which time the officer contacted the driver and sole-occupant of the vehicle, since identified as Jason Craig Gibson, 44, of Anderson.

“During the contact Gibson made furtive movements and kept trying to reach towards the center console area of the truck,” officials explained. “When asked if there were any firearms in the vehicle Gibson stated he possessed a handgun.”

A records check revealed Gibson was not a concealed weapons permit holder and he was ordered from his truck and detained.

During a subsequent search of Gibson’s truck, officers discovered a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and loaded magazine, approximately 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, a broken methamphetamine pipe, and additional ammunition for the firearm.

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Based on their investigation, officers arrested Gibson and he was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a drug addict, possession of ammunition by a drug addict, possession of a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine.

Online jail records indicate Gibson has been released and is no longer in custody.

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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.

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