Methamphetamine Lab Explosion

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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

-from press release
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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Insanity Prevails says:

    A complaint to be issued in the "next few weeks" is "anticipated?" What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong with the legal system in our country today, it seems the most obvious is the least handled and the system is made a farce of (Guantanamo). It reminds me of a lawyer joke:

    Two men were eating the short stubbly grass outside the courthouse when a lawyer and a preacher were walking by. The preacher said "I have to find out why they are eating grass," so he went over and asked the men what they were doing. The first man replyed, "we have no money and this is all we can find to eat." The lawyer said that they could come over to his house and he would feed them. The first man said, "but I have a family of four over there on the curb" and the lawyer said that they could come too. The second man said "I have a family of six," and the lawyer said no problem. They all piled into the lawyers limo, which was roomy but cramped with all the people in it. As they were driving to the lawyers house the first man said how wonderful and kind it was for the lawyer to help them all out. The lawyer replyed, "It's my pleasure to help and heck, the grass is over two feet tall at my house."

    • Avatar Craig says:

      You need to understand that once the crook is arrested or the police file a charge and obtain a warrant (and he's taken into custody) YOU the public are ultimately responsible for his medical bills, i.e., burn unit at UCD. That's why we always wait until the idiots are healed (unless there are aggravating circumstances that make it necessary to arrest him right away).

  2. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    The cop that wrote this report will never be a reporter. It has too many run together sentences and is very confusing to read and understand.

    Male subject goes boom trying to get wired. Both the police officer and the Modoc County male subject walk away shaking their heads. The apartment's fire extinqusher

    is still hanging on the wall.

    The male subject is no doubt one of the returning "Jerry's Kids."

  3. Avatar James Herington says:

    It figures more drugs are being produced and sold in our fair city of Redding. Don't these drug addicts care that there might be children in that same neighborhood, or any other folks that need to be protected from hooligans like that? The law needs to come down harder on the guilty, and quit eating donuts

    • Avatar Virginia says:

      Those who are not addicted find it hard to understand.

      An addict only thinks of their next fix, not the consequences for themselves or anyone else.

  4. Avatar Magnolia Neighborhoo says:

    Thank you for covering a story the Record Searchlight did not report accurately. There are many apartments in the 1400 block of Orange in Redding. Families, with children, as renters in addition to all age groups. Landlords, be more discerning as to who you rent to. Your property may be destroyed by meth freaks! These criminals do not respect life or property. Neighbors, be especially vigilant. When all the dogs start barking, look around and observe.

  5. Avatar Magnolia Neighborhoo says:

    This is a story in dire need of a follow-up report………..