Red Bluff traffic stop leads to discovery of meth, heroin, fentanyl, and handgun – Felon arrested

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a felon was arrested in Red Bluff after a traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, yesterday afternoon, June 20.

As a result of the stop, officers also found packaging material, a handgun and ammunition, and more than $1,000 in cash, according to officials.


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A City of Red Bluff police officer was conducting routine patrol around 3:20 p.m. when he spotted a vehicle with blacked-out taillights, Red Bluff PD officials have since reported.

After the driver, since identified as 31-year-old Anthony Phillip Torres, pulled into a Burger King parking lot at 210 Antelope Boulevard, officers contacted the man and learned he was a felon.

Anthony Torres, 31, was arrested after Red Bluff PD K-9 Aries alerted to the presence of narcotics during an open-air sniff that was conducted after a traffic stop yesterday afternoon. Red Bluff PD photo

K-9 Aries was requested and responded to the location of the stop to conduct an open-air sniff for the presence of controlled substances inside the vehicle.

After receiving a positive alert from K-9 Aries officers searched Torres’ vehicle, at which time they located more than $1,000 in cash, along with methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, sales-related packaging materials and other indicia of drug sales, along with a handgun and ammunition.

Based on their investigative findings, officers arrested Torres and he was booked into the Tehama County Jail on eight different charges, including being a felon and prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of controlled substances for sales, possession and transportation of controlled substance for sales, possession of controlled substance while armed, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Red Bluff PD at (530) 527-3131. Callers can refer to incident file number 22-1914 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.

One comment

  • I had to laugh at the “sales-related packaging materials” part. As if he was the fuller brush salesman. A felon with a pile of drugs driving around with blacked out taillights. What a genius! I hope this is enough to keep him locked up for a good long time! Well done, officers.