Redding traffic stop leads to seizure of firearms, thousands of rounds of ammo – Anderson man arrested
REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say an Anderson man was arrested after a traffic stop in Redding led to the discovery of a small cache of firearms and several thousand rounds of live ammunition Friday afternoon, June 10.
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At around 4:20 p.m., a City of Redding police officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle being driven by 34-year-old Jonathan Fargo, Redding Police Corporal Aaron Hollemon has since reported.
“Officer Dalby noticed that Fargo appeared nervous and saw several gun cases on the back seat of the vehicle,” Hollemon explained, adding, “Fargo admitted to Officer Dalby that there were firearms inside the vehicle.”
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the officer located four rifles, four handguns, and two shotguns according to Hollemon, who went on to say that one of the loaded handguns was found on the floorboard behind the center console and within easy reach of the driver.
The officer also found several thousand rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle and soon determined that three of the rifles found inside the vehicle were California-banned “assault” weapons.
Based on his investigative findings, the officer arrested Fargo and he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of illegal assault weapons.
Online jail records indicate he has since been released and is no longer in custody.
Although Hollemon did not specify why Fargo claimed he was driving through Redding with the cache of firearms and large amount of ammunition, he used the opportunity to say, “The Redding Police Department would like to remind our community that there are specific restrictions on how firearms may be transported in a motor vehicle within the State of California.”
Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R036104 and can remain anonymous.
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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.