Armed felon arrested in Redding traffic stop

An armed felon was arrested on Sunday after police conducted a traffic stop in Redding Sunday.

Posted: Oct 18, 2021 4:19 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A man was pulled over in Redding after police searched his vehicle and located a handgun and several ounces of meth inside the vehicle, the Redding Police Department said.

On Sunday, the Redding Police Department stopped a person driving a Cadillac for violations near the intersections of California St. and Shasta St.

When the driver, 28-year-old Jose Betancourt, opened the door, the officer smelled marijuana.

Police did a records check which indicated that Betancourt was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) out of Kern County with multiple prior felony convictions.

The officer conducted a search of the vehicle to ensure that Betancourt was abiding by the terms of his PRCS.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a loaded .40 caliber Glock 22 semiautomatic handgun inside a backpack that was within arms reach of Betancourt.

Officers also located ballistic panels, about 2.5 ounces of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Betancourt admitted ownership of the items inside the vehicle and was booked into the Shasta County Jail on multiple charges.

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