March 15th, 2019 at 12 PM
Since the middle of February 2019, the neighbors of a home in the 3700 block of Riverview Drive have been communicating with the Redding Police Departments Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) asking for assistance in dealing with a suspected drug house. Similar to a majority of the complaints NPU receives about suspected drug houses, the neighbors of the Riverview Drive house reported short stay vehicle, bicycle, and foot traffic coming and going at all hours of the day and night. The neighbors believed the increase of people coming and going from the suspected drug house was leading to an increase in thefts and criminal activity in the neighborhood. Upon receiving the complaints, NPU Officer O’hern initiated an investigation which consisted of interviewing neighbors, researching crimes occurring in the neighborhood, determining who owned the house, and conducting surveillance.
On March 14th, 2019, at approximately 1300 hours, Officer O’hern was conducting surveillance of the suspected drug house when he observed a vehicle arrive, stay for a short time, then leave. Officer O’hern conducted an enforcement stop and contacted the occupant of the vehicle, Kimberly Rose Wilcox (30 years of age). Wilcox is known to law enforcement due to her criminal history. She has been arrested eight times in Shasta County and is currently on the Supervised Own Recognizance (SOR) program due to a pending case where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sales and destruction of evidence. The SOR program allows individuals who have been arrested for a crime to be released until their next court date instead of staying in custody. When a person is granted SOR, they agree to multiple conditions. Some of the conditions include obey all laws, do not possess narcotics or paraphernalia, and submit your person and residence to warrant-less search.
While talking with Wilcox, Officer O’hern discovered she lived in the master bedroom of the suspected drug house with her boyfriend, Gregory Gabriel Johnson (22 years of age). In order to confirm she was in compliance with her SOR terms, NPU responded to the residence for the purpose of searching her room. Upon arriving, NPU officers discovered six other subjects living in the house, one of which was Johnson. All six subjects were detained without incident until completion of the search.
Inside Wilcox’s bedroom, officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Both of those items are illegal for anyone to possess, especially Wilcox as it’s a violation of her SOR terms. Based on the evidence found, Wilcox was taken into custody for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of SOR. Johnson was also arrested for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were later transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked on their listed charges. Additionally, officers discovered that two of the other tenants, Charles Michael Nelson (55 years of age) and Sandra Marie Moyer (22 years of age), were found to have warrants for their arrest. Both were issued citations for their warrants and released from the scene.
As officers were investigating this incident, they found that the house had multiple code violations which included not having electricity or running water. City of Redding Code Enforcement responded to the location and found the house to be uninhabitable. The house was tagged and all of the people living inside were told they couldn’t live there until the violations were fixed. Code Enforcement will be working with the home owner to address the violations. NPU also towed one car from in front of the residence due to it blocking the roadway.
NPU would like to thank the neighbors of Riverview Drive for bringing this suspected drug house to our attention. We hope this investigation will help alleviate the problems that were occurring in your neighborhood.
Sergeant Danny Smetak
Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit