Redding search warrant uncovers drugs, weapons

REDDING — A convicted felon with an extensive criminal history who has had four other cases against him filed with the District Attorney’s Office since May of this year was arrested once again Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, after officials from multiple area law enforcement agencies partnered together to serve a search warrant at a Redding house. 

During the service of the warrant, officials from the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Redding Police Department’s Investigations Division and Neighborhood Police Unit, and California Highway Patrol Investigative Services Unit, located narcotics, banned assault weapons and other firearms, according to SINTF Task Force Commander Chris Jacoby.


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As part of an ongoing investigation, officials served a search warrant at a private residence on the 1600 block of Kenyon Dr.

In addition to the search warrant, officials were searching for 37-year-old, Shawn Evan Copelin, who had a felony warrant for his arrest for failing to appear on several court cases that are currently pending against him.

Officials arrested Shawn Copelin after finding narcotics, banned assault weapons, and other firearms while serving a warrant at his Redding residence.

While searching Copelin’s home, officials located and seized one short barreled assault rifle, three additional assault weapons all of which are banned under California law, and a stolen hand gun.

Agents also found 1 ½ lbs. of methamphetamine and nearly a pound of Heroin, along with $6,600 cash, all of which was also seized.

Based on their investigation, SINTF agents booked Copelin into Shasta County Jail on numerous charges including; possession of heroin for sale, possession of methamphetamine for sale, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of banned assault weapons, and other charges.

“Agents obtained a bail enhancement due to the fact Copelin has four previous cases filed with the District Attorney’s Office,” Jacoby said after Copelin’s arrest. “Each of those cases involved narcotics possessed for sale and Copelin being in possession of firearms.”
Copelin remains in custody on $300,000 bail.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.

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