February 1st, 2019 at 3 PM
Yesterday the Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) swapped their patrol cars for bicycles and all-terrain motorcycles (ATMU) and conducted patrols in the business districts of Downtown and Hilltop Drive along with the River Trail to help combat ongoing theft and narcotic related activity occurring in those areas. At approximately 2 PM, NPU officers on bicycles observed a suspicious vehicle occupied by 3 people in the business parking lot on the corner of Canby Road and Old Alturas Road. As officers approached, it appeared the vehicles occupants were involved in narcotic activity.
Officers contacted the subject sitting in the drivers seat, Brandt Williams (30 years of Redding). Williams appeared nervous and had his hands closed on his lap. When asked what was in his hands, Williams admitted to holding heroin. Williams then opened his hand showing officers a small zip lock bag containing heroin. Williams was removed from the vehicle and detained without incident. Officers then contacted the front passenger, Sierra Wilson (23 years of Redding), who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. She was also removed from the vehicle and detained. The back passenger, Kenneth Donald Coffey (48 years of Redding), was also contacted and found to be cooperative.
A search of the vehicle was conducted due to Williams being found in possession of heroin. During the search, officers located approximately 1/2 ounce of heroin packaged for sales and numerous items of drug paraphernalia in the areas where Williams and Coffey were seated. Based on the evidence found, Williams was arrested for possession of heroin for sales and drug paraphernalia. Wilson, who is on formal probation through Shasta County for criminal threats, was arrested for violation of probation. Coffey was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams and Wilson were booked into the Shasta County Jail on their listed charges and Coffey was released from the scene on the citation.
Throughout the day, NPU’s bike and ATMU patrols were very successful resulting in 4 felony arrests, 4 misdemeanor arrests, and dozens of contacts. NPU would like to thank the business owners and citizens who continue to report illegal activity in their areas.
Brandt Williams Sierra Wilson Kenneth Coffey
Contact: Sergeant Danny Smetak
Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit
Approved: Officer Maxwell