Second search warrant at Anderson “known drug house” leads to woman’s second arrest in weeks

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say an Anderson resident was arrested for the second time in as many months after officers served a second drug sales-related search warrant at the woman’s Solomon Peak residence Friday, May 6.

The woman, 41-year-old Michelle Lyn Orrico, was also arrested last month after a similar search warrant was served at her home, described as a “known drug house” by area residents who say they have repeatedly witnessed and reported suspicious activity and are fed up with the constant traffic in and out of the woman’s home.


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As previously reported by SCNS, on Saturday, April 2, City of Anderson Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team members served a search warrant at Orrico’s home.

The search warrant was the result of an investigation into the residence which stemmed from neighborhood complaints of suspected drug activity occurring within the home, officials reported at the time.

Michelle Orrico is seen after her April arrest in the first photo and is pictured in the second photo after Friday’s arrest. Anderson Police Department photos

During the service of the April search warrant, officers located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition and arrested Orrico on charges of maintaining a place where drugs are used/kept/sold, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another person, Michael DiGeorge, 54, of San Luis Obispo, was also arrested on charges of visiting a place where drugs are used/kept/sold, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Although both were booked into jail after their arrests, they were released within hours.

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During the service of Friday’s search warrant, POP officers found Orrico was in possession of methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia. 

She was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of maintaining a place where drugs are used/kept/sold, possession of controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Online jail records indicate she has since been released on her own recognizance, as she awaits court proceedings on the pair of related arrests.

Anderson PD has since said that residents suspecting drug activity occurring in their neighborhoods can submit tips to the POP team by emailing [email protected] or by calling SHASCOM dispatch at (530) 245-6526.

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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.