Wanted Oregon felon captured & stolen vehicle recovered after Mt. Shasta pursuit leads to significant drug seizure

MT. SHASTA, Calif., — Authorities say a high-speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle that turned into a foot chase led to the arrest of a wanted Oregon felon who was captured after fleeing on foot from the stolen vehicle Monday evening, March 14.

The arrest led to the discovery and seizure of a significant quantity of illicit narcotics, including several hundred M30 fentanyl pills and fentanyl powder, along with methamphetamine, heroin, and nineteen pounds of processed and packaged marijuana. Two loaded firearms, along with ammunition and more than $12,500 in cash were also seized.


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A Siskiyou County Sheriff’s sergeant was on patrol in the area of Hatchery Lane and South Old Stage Road in Mt Shasta around 10:20 p.m. when he spotted a Jeep Cherokee with an Oregon license plate veer off Old Stage Road and drive onto the dirt shoulder and into some brush, SCSO has since said of the incident and arrest.

When the sergeant attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old, Anthony Ross Minneci, of Medford Oregon, rapidly accelerated away leading to a pursuit.

In addition to the narcotics located at the end of Wednesday’s pursuit, officials also seized two loaded handguns and ammunition. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office photo

“The pursuit continued through the unincorporated area of Mt Shasta where the Jeep reached speeds up to 90 mph,” SCSO explained. “During the pursuit, another responding SCSO Deputy had to make evasive maneuvers to avoid being struck by the Jeep.”

After the Jeep entered the Mt. Shasta city limits, Minneci eventually came to a stop near the Mt. Shasta City Park where he stopped the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.

Minneci was eventually safely apprehended with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, according to SCSO.

Upon apprehending Minneci, officials learned he had three felony warrants and was on parole out of Oregon. Officials also learned the Jeep had been reported stolen out of Oregon.

During a search of the vehicle incident to Minneci’s arrest, officials located several hundred M30 fentanyl pills, 4.4 grams of fentanyl powder, 97.58 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 108.4 grams of suspected heroin, 19 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana, two loaded firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition and over $12,500 in cash.


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Based on their investigation, officials arrested Minneci and he was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of several felonies, including auto theft, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for public safety, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance while being armed with a loaded firearm, possession of narcotics for sale, and transportation of a controlled substance.

He was also booked for his felony warrants as well as misdemeanor charges of tampering with a serial number on a firearm, reckless driving, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.