DHE traffic stop yields 10 pounds of fentanyl pills near Weed

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif., — Authorities say a traffic stop along the I-5 corridor near the city of Weed led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 10 pounds of fentanyl pills and the arrest of a man accused of trafficking the deadly narcotic Saturday, April 30.

Yesterday’s traffic stop and arrest were made by members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Domestic Highway Enforcement Team, with assistance from Mt. Shasta PD and K-9 “Artie”, who alerted investigating DHE agents to the presence of the pills, according to officials.


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MSPD’s K-9 Artie and his handler responded to the area of Highway 97 and Hotlum after a DHE member from the Lake Shastina Police Department had conducted a traffic stop and detained the driver, since identified as 20-year-old Fernando Diaz.

MSPD’s K-9 Artie was instrumental in yesterday’s drug bust, which pulled approximately 10 pounds of fentanyl pills off the streets and led to the arrest of a suspected drug trafficker. Mt. Shasta PD photos

The K-9 handler was requested to deploy Artie to conduct a sniff of the stopped vehicle, at which time the police service dog alerted to the presence of narcotics.

During a subsequent search of Diaz’s vehicle, officials discovered approximately 10 pounds of fentanyl pills stashed away in the vehicle’s trunk, at which time officials arrested him.

Diaz was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sales and transportation of narcotics for sales.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody, where he is being held without bail.


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After yesterday’s drug seizure and arrest Mt. Shasta PD congratulated their furry officer, saying in a social media release, “Great job to K9 Artie and the alert DHE team member for stopping this driver from delivering these deadly pills to a neighboring community!”

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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.