Redding man gets lost on his way to drug deal, asks police for directions
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ANDERSON // A local man is in custody after asking police for directions to what turned out to be a drug deal on January 2nd.
Just before 2 AM, two Anderson PD officers stopped in the North Street and Church Street area noticed a black BMW driving towards them on Eastbound North St.
The BMW pulled to the right shoulder and parked directly in front of a fire hydrant and red-painted curb. The driver — identified as 40-year-old Chris Meng Lee of Redding — then got out and approached officers, asking them for directions to a mobile home park “in the area of two streets that don’t intersect.”
Finding his behavior suspicious, officers asked if they could search the Lee’s vehicle. He consented.
Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a loaded firearm in the driver’s door pocket, as well as around 1.5 lbs of marijuana in the trunk.
Lee also consented to a search of his phone’s contents, which revealed that the whole situation had been the result of him getting lost on his way to a drug deal — which was where he was going with the marijuana.
A records check revealed that Lee is a convicted felon, which legally prohibits him from owning a firearm or ammunition. He was placed under arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed/loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of marijuana for sale, and driving without a valid license.
He is now housed at the Shasta County Jail.