On May 2, 2012, at about 1:20 A.M., Shasta Interagnecy Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) was contacted by the Redding Police Department regarding a methamphetamine lab explosion, which had occurred in an apartment located in the 1400 block of Orange St. in the city of Redding.
During the course of the ensuing investigation, evidence was located at the scene that led investigators to believe that the unknown male subject witnesses had observed fleeing from the scene suffered sever burn related injuries during the initial explosion and fire. SINTF also began receiving information from citizens regarding the possible identity of the unknown male subject, as well as the fact that he was suffering from extensive burn related injuries.
The second male was subsequently identified as 30 year old Anthony Michael NEWELL of Alturas, CA. However, NEWELL was attempting to elude contact with law enforcement by staying at different locations.
On May 5, 2012, NEWELL went to a local area hospital seeking treatment for his burns. While there, NEWELL was contacted by SINTF Investigator Eric Little, who interviewed NEWELL regarding NEWELL’S involvement in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine that had resulted in the explosion and fire that occurred within the apartment.
NEWELL received burns to his face, back, legs, and at least one of his hands. Due to the severity of his injuries, NEWELL was later transferred to the burn unit at the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. SINTF anticipates that a complaint relating to the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine will be filed against Justin PACE, Alicia Marie ALLISON, and Anthony Michael NEWELL with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office within the next few weeks.
-from SINTF press release