I-5 traffic stop yields nearly 6 pounds of heroin

SHASTA LAKE —  Authorities who conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 yesterday, just south of Bridge Bay Rd. near Shasta Lake, say they seized nearly six pounds of heroin and arrested an Arizona woman for possession of heroin for sales.

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Deputies conducted the traffic enforcement stop around 11:50 a.m., Friday morning, Oct. 11, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jesse Gunsauls reported after the arrest.

During the traffic stop deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, later identified as 31-year-old, Ramona Lopez.

Shasta County sheriff’s deputies arrested Arizona resident Ramona Lopez after saying they found nearly six pounds of Heroin in her vehicle while conducting a traffic stop. SCSO photos

“K-9 ‘Thor’ was walked around the vehicle to perform a free air sniff,” explained Gunsauls. “Thor displayed a positive alert, indicating he detected an odor of a controlled substance emitting from within the vehicle.”

During a subsequent search of Lopez’ vehicle, deputies discovered 5.79 pounds of heroin hidden inside a bag on the rear passenger seat.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Lopez and she was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of possession of heroin for the purpose of sales.


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and 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 29 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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