Drugged Burney couple arrested outside Redding Aquatic Park, child taken into protective custody

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a Burney couple who was found parked and under the influence of drugs outside a Redding aquatic park was arrested after officers discovered a significant amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia within easy reach of the woman’s seven-year-old child Saturday afternoon, July 3.

Police also say they found drugs and other dangerous items wrapped up and hidden within the child’s clothing inside the couple’s car when they arrested the pair, since identified as Jeremy David Garcia 39, and his girlfriend, 34-year-old,  Katie Elizabeth Lyons. The couple remains in custody, in lieu of $10,000 bail each.


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At around 3 p.m., two City of Redding police officers were patrolling the parking lot near the Redding Aquatic Center located at 44 Quartz Hill Road when they spotted a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs while sitting inside a parked car, Redding Police Sergeant Maxwell later said of the arrests. The officers also observed two other people inside the vehicle, including a seven-year-old child.

After contacting the couple, officers officers determined both adults were under the influence of a controlled substance.

A Burney couple was arrested after officers discovered a significant amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia within easy reach of the woman’s seven-year-old daughter yesterday afternoon. Redding Police Department photo

While searching the couple’s vehicle, officers located a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, “which included foil with burn heroin residue wrapped amongst the juvenile’s clothing,” Maxwell explained.

They also found multiple hypodermic-type syringes and an estimated 4-5 grams of heroin within arm’s reach of the child’s car seat, which was found to be unsecured within the vehicle.

Both parents were arrested for felony child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding.

The officers took the juvenile into protective custody, according to the Sergeant.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R043697 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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.