REDDING: Expired registration stop yields drugs, stolen property, cash – local man arrested

REDDING — A traffic stop for a vehicle code violation resulted in a Redding man’s arrest yesterday afternoon after the alleged suspect was found in possession of drugs, stolen property, and a large amount of cash, according to officials.

After their investigation, authorities arrested 52-year-old, Rile John Fifer. He was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of transportation of methamphetamine and heroin, possession of methamphetamine and heroin for sales, and possession of stolen property, according to a Redding PD social media release.

The investigation began in the late afternoon when officers assigned to Redding PD’s Neighborhood Police Unit conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for expired registration.

During the stop, a Shasta County Sheriff’s K-9 responded to the scene to assist and the dog “alerted to the presence of drugs” inside the vehicle, according to officials.

Officers searched Fifer’s vehicle and discovered “over an ounce of heroin, 18g of methamphetamine, and $5,700 cash,” the release explained. A “significant amount” of property that officers believed was stolen was also found and seized by officers during the search.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Fifer and he was released from custody after posting bail.

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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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