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Anderson police arrest man for stolen shotgun and drug possession in hotel parking lot

Anderson police arrested an Oregon man in a hotel parking lot on Factory Outlets Drive in Anderson on Saturday morning on multiple charges.

Posted: Oct 10, 2020 3:17 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2020 3:33 PM

ANDERSON, Calif. - Anderson police made an arrest Saturday morning at the Baymont Inn on Factory Outlets Drive. Police said they found a man sleeping in a vehicle with some suspicious items in his possession. They said they noticed a used glass methamphetamine smoking pipe sitting on the center console of the vehicle, and also, a 12-gauge shotgun was allegedly sitting on the front passenger seat. Police also said the license plate was missing from the front of the vehicle.

28-year old Zachary Welch of Oregon was handcuffed, and when searched, police said they found drugs, including steroids and methamphetamine; lots of syringers and numerous rounds of ammunition of varying calibers. The shotgun had been reported stolen during a 2015 Shasta County vehicle burglary, said police.

Anderson police officers took Welch to a local hospital first, because they said he had reported eating a gram of heroin prior to his arrest. Police said he admitted to being a meth, heroin, and steroid user.

Welch was booked in the Shasta County Jail for possession of a controlled substance while armed; being under the influence of a controlled substance while armed; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges will likely be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, said police on Saturday.

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