Targeted investigation ends with arrest of woman found with stolen weapons, drugs

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a woman with multiple violent felony convictions, who was the target of an ongoing narcotic sales related investigation, was arrested again in Redding after she was found to be in possession of a loaded and stolen handgun, methamphetamine, psilocybin, and heroin Tuesday evening, Oct. 19.

During a subsequent search of two of the woman’s Redding storage units, officers located a shotgun along with a loaded and unregistered AR-15 “ghost gun” rifle, according to officials.


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During the past several weeks, officers with Redding PD’s Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) have been conducting an ongoing investigation into the suspected criminal activities of Holly Michelle Newman, 40, of Redding, for selling narcotics in the City of Redding, Redding PD NPU Sergeant Timothy Renault later said of the arrest.

At around 7 p.m., NPU officers contacted Newman during a vehicle enforcement stop and found she was in possession of a loaded stolen handgun concealed in her waistband. Newman was also found to be in possession of approximately 7.5 grams of methamphetamine, 8.78 grams psilocybin, and 8.7 grams of heroin – all saleable quantities, according to Renault.

Holly Newman was arrested after a targeted narcotics sales related investigation revealed she was in possession of three firearms, including one that was reported as stolen and another that was an un-serialized AR-15 “ghost gun” rifle. She was also found in possession of saleable quantities of meth, psilocybin and heroin. RPD photos

During their subsequent investigation, NPU officers developed information indicating that Newman had two storage units in Redding and obtained a warrant for them to be searched.

Officers then responded to Newman’s storage units where they located a shotgun and a loaded, unregistered AR-15 “ghost gun” rifle, according to Renault; who said, “Newman has had multiple violent felony convictions, which prohibit her from possessing firearms or ammunition.”

Based on their investigation and findings, officers arrested Newman and she was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearms and ammunition, carrying a concealed stolen firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substances for sale, transportation of controlled substances for sales, possession of an non-serialized firearm, carrying a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a felony and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, as well as other related charges.

Online jail records indicate Newman remains in custody, where she is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

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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.

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