7 lbs of heroin seized by DHE agents on I-5 near Weed

WEED, Calif., — Authorities say a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near the city of Weed led to the discovery of approximately seven pounds of packaged heroin and the arrest of an Oregon man Saturday afternoon, March 26.

This was just the latest significant drug bust made by the Siskiyou County Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) Team since the Sheriff’s Office implemented the team on Feb. 1, with other busts pulling off the streets an impressive sixteen pounds of cocaine, more than twelve pounds of M30 oxycodone/fentanyl tablets, seven pounds of fentanyl powder, ten pounds of methamphetamine, and around two-and-a-half pounds of heroin.


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A DHE Team agent was conducting traffic enforcement on I-5 at around 4:10 p.m. when he conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a gray Nissan sedan with an Oregon license plate after observing it violate traffic laws.

Siskiyou County Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) Team agents seized seven pounds of heroin during a traffic stop that led to the arrest of an Oregon man on Sunday. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office photos

After stopping and contacting the driver, 24-year-old, Alberto Alvarez, of Portland, Oregon, the agent came to suspect that the Alvarez was possibly involved in criminal activity.

After obtaining consent from Alvarez to search the vehicle, the agent discovered three plastic packages wrapped in brown tape, Saran Wrap and heat-sealed in plastic.

A closer examination of the suspicious packages, the agent determined they contained approximately seven pounds of suspected heroin.


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Based on the investigation, the agent arrested Alvarez, who was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and transportation of narcotics for sales.

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

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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.