Redding man arrested after flushing heroin, pills down toilet

REDDING — Despite trying to flush all his drug evidence down a toilet, officials say they recovered the drugs and arrested a local man after they raided a “suspected drug house” in Redding yesterday, Oct. 17. Thursday’s arrest happened at an apartment on the 600 block of Parsons Dr., northeast of Bechelli Ln. and Hartnell Ave.

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After monitoring heavy foot traffic related to suspected drug sales and illegal activities at the residence for the last month, officers assigned to Redding PD’s Neighborhood Police Unit decided to pay the apartment’s resident a visit yesterday, Redding PD’s Neighborhood Police Unit Sergeant Danny Smetak later reported.

When NPU officers arrived at the apartment they heard the tell-tale signs of someone repeatedly attempting to flush something down a toilet within the residence, according to Smetak.

Officers eventually contacted the resident, later identified as 18-year-old, Carson Campbell, of Redding, and detained him without incident.

Redding NPU officers arrested Carson Campbell after they say he attempted to flush a large quantity of heroin and pills down the toilet of his apartment, where suspected drug sales were occurring. Redding PD photos

After detaining Campbell and checking the home’s toilet, officers quickly determined the man had been attempting to flush a large quantity of heroin and other drugs down the home’s toilet, Smetak explained in a social media release that offered some helpful advice, writing, “NPU’s Tip of the Day……Don’t try and flush 5 ounces of heroin and a bag of pills down the toilet when the cops are at the door….it doesn’t work!”

Officers donned “multiple layers of rubber gloves,” according to Smetak, and eventually recovered the flushed narcotics from the toilet and apartment’s drainage pipes.

While at the home, officers also found additional drug related evidence as well as evidence related to narcotic sales, at which time they arrested Campbell and booked him into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of possession of heroin for sales and destruction of evidence.

Anyone with information about this investigation or Campbell’s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can remain anonymous.


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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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