Anderson stop leads to meth, heroin, other drugs

ANDERSON — An Anderson traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs and the arrest of a man they allege to have been selling the illicit narcotics, Sunday evening, Jan. 5.

According to officials a police K-9 was instrumental in the discovery of the drugs found during the traffic stop, which happened on Balls Ferry Rd.


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Last night’s traffic stop was conducted shortly before  9:45 p.m., when an Anderson police officer spotted a vehicle with an equipment violation.

After stopping the vehicle the officer learned the driver, Xaivier Dave Speare, 26, of Redding, had a suspended driver’s license. During a subsequent  pat-down search, the officer discovered Speare was in possession of illegal metal knuckles.

Anderson police officers arrested Xaivier Speare after APD K-9 Iro’s keen nose led to the discovery of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs hidden inside one of his car’s door panels. APD photos

During the stop, Anderson PD K9 Iro was summoned to the scene to conduct a sniff of Speare’s vehicle at which time the service dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the driver’s side door.

While searching the suspects vehicle, officers located illegal drugs concealed within the driver’s door panel; which had to be removed to gain access to the drugs.

After removing the door panel, officers found 21.7 grams of methamphetamine, 3.8 grams heroin, illegal prescription drugs, a digital scale, and two methamphetamine smoking pipes, officials said in a social media release after the stop and arrest.

Based on their investigation, officers impounded Speare’s vehicle and Speare was later booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, possession and transportation of heroin with the intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of metal knuckles, and driving on a suspended license.

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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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