Anderson's new crime unit nets 3 arrests

Feb 12, 2015 1:18 PM by News Staff

In just the second day of operation, the new Anderson Police Department Problem Oriented Policing (P.O.P.) unit made three arrests.

The departments P.O.P. unit along with members of the Shasta County Probation Department conducted a probation search on two convicted felons at a home on Valley Lane Wednesday afternoon. At the home officers arrested Charles Wilson, 26, after he ran from officers. Wilson had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Two Redding residents, Bruce Avant, 64 and Carole Steele, 51, were found at the home, police say Avant had a felony warrant and Steele was in violation of her probation.

The unit's k-9, Aero, was brought into assist in a search of the home and found multiple baggies of heroin, several pounds of marijuana, and items indicative of drug sales.

Additional charges of possession of a controlled substance for sales and maintaining a place where narcotics are used, kept, or sold, have been requested through the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

Anderson's new P.O.P. unit is made up of three veteran officers and K-9 Aero. The team will patrol Anderson by checking up on repeat offenders, spend time in historically problematic areas, interact with Anderson residents and take-on long-term projects aimed at reducing crime in the community.

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