Tinted windows lead to discovery of more than 15 pounds of meth and heroin in Yreka – SoCal man arrested
YREKA, Calif., — Authorities say a Southern California man was arrested after a Yreka traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin along with a loaded handgun, Thursday morning, April 21.
The traffic stop, which was the result of a tinted windows violation according to officials, occurred on Interstate 5, north of SR-3 and “Priscilla” – a large metal dragon and popular roadside attraction for travelers.
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At around 11:45 a.m., members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) team, which is about to enter its fourth month of operations, observed a vehicle traveling along I-5 that had darkly tinted windows, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Whetstine told SCNS today.
After stopping the vehicle and contacting the driver, agents identified the man as Bryam Wilfredo Alvarado, 21, of Southgate, and learned he was driving without a valid license.
During a subsequent search of Alvarado’s vehicle, DHE agents discovered eleven pounds of methamphetamine, nearly four-and-a-half pounds of heroin, and a loaded 9mm handgun, which “were found hidden throughout Alvarado’s vehicle”, explained Whetstine.
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Based on their investigative findings, DHE agents arrested Alvarado and he was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of possessing heroin for sales, transportation of heroin for sales, possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of methamphetamine for sales, and possession of a concealed and loaded firearm.
Online jail records indicate he remains in custody, in lieu of $500,000 bail or bond.
Officials say a traffic stop for a tinted windows violation led to the discovery and seizure of eleven pounds of methamphetamine, nearly four-and-a-half pounds of heroin, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office photo
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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.