Red Bluff traffic stop yields 32g of Fentanyl – Wanted felon and companion arrested

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a wanted felon and his companion were arrested in Red Bluff after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a significant quantity of Fentanyl early Wednesday morning, April 27.

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At around 12:19 a.m., a City of Red Bluff police officer stopped a vehicle for an observed vehicle code violation in the 100 block of Gilmore Road, just south of Antelope Boulevard and Interstate 5, Red Bluff PD reported in a social media release.

Upon contacting the driver, Thomas Pittman of Red Bluff, the officer learned he was a wanted felon on PRCS probation who had five outstanding felony warrants and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants, at which time he was arrested.

After Pittman’s arrest, the officer discovered he was in possession of Fentanyl and more than $700 in US currency.

A digital scale, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia were then located inside the vehicle.

The passenger, Jessica Stafford of Red Bluff, admitted to possessing a small amount of Fentanyl that the officer found inside the vehicle, at which time she was arrested.

During a search subsequent to her arrest, the officer found an additional 27.1 grams of Fentanyl hidden on her person, bringing the total amount of Fentanyl seized during the traffic stop to approximately 32 grams of the illicit and deadly narcotic.

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Both Pittman and Stafford were booked into the Tehama County Jail on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance, possession for sales, and possession of a controlled substance.

Online jail records indicate Stafford was released shortly after being booked into jail, while Pittman was in the process of being released.



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.

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