February 21, 2020 7:30 p.m.
Case # 20R12386
On February 21, 2020, Officer Jake Ruiz was patrolling in the area of Buenaventura Blvd and Railroad Avenue in Redding when he observed a vehicle parked near the ampm convenience store. He recognized the vehicle from prior contacts and knew the female registered owner of the car was on CDC Parole and connected to narcotics activity.
Officer Ruiz contacted the occupants in the vehicle, including the passenger, who he identified from prior arrests as Michael Lopez Jr (37 years of Redding). A Parole search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a large quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Lopez’ possession. Based on the volume of drugs, Lopez was arrested and booked at the Shasta County Jail for sales of a controlled substance.
The Redding Police Department has contacted and arrested Lopez four times since November of 2019 for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Each time he was booked into the Shasta County Jail. The arrests include the following:
On November 12, 2019, Lopez was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sales. He was released after 8 hours in custody.
On January 27, 2020, Redding Police again arrested Lopez for possession of methamphetamine for sales. He was released after serving 5 hours in custody.
On February 7, 2020, Lopez was arrested a third time for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Lopez was released after 13 hours in custody.
Following the 4th arrest this morning, Lopez was released from the Shasta County Jail after 10 hours in custody.
The Shasta County Jail tries to keep serious offenders in custody. Due to routinely operating at or near full capacity this is often a difficult task for the jail staff. It is not uncommon for the arrest of one individual to result in the forced release of another offender. This struggle to keep repeat offenders in custody enables suspected drug dealers like Michael Lopez to continue to push drugs out into the streets of Redding and the greater Shasta County area. The Redding Police Department will continue to target and arrest suspected drug dealers.
Michael Lopez Jr.
||Lieutenant Brian Cole #616
||Redding Police Department
||Sergeant Mark Montgomery #314