3 arrested after officer finds drugs, guns in Redding hotel room

Three people were arrested on Friday morning after an officer found drugs and guns in a hotel room on Bechelli Lane.

Posted: May 17, 2019 8:10 AM
Updated: May 17, 2019 10:22 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Three people were arrested on Friday morning after an officer found drugs and guns in a hotel room on Bechelli Lane.

An officer was patrolling the area around 5:55 a.m. on Friday when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a room at the Bridgeway Inn in Redding. The driver of the car started to drive away and then quickly pulled back into the parking lot when the occupants saw the officer. 

The license plate on the vehicle was determined to be stolen. The officer detained Freedom Hammon 23, and Kaitlyn O'Grady, 21. 

The officer also found Gerald Strong, 26, outside of the hotel room and determined that he had several warrants. 

The officer found Zachary Ross, 20, inside of the hotel room and he appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. 

During a search of the room, the officer found two handguns, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Ross was booked into Shasta County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Strong was arrested for outstanding warrants. Hammon was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. O'Grady was released without charges. 

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