IT NEVER PAYS TO TALK TO THE COPS
(EVEN FOR DIRECTIONS)
A Redding man allegedly on his way to a drug deal was arrested Tuesday after he apparently got lost and asked Anderson police officers for directions.
Chris Meng Lee, 40, 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 driver’s license, Anderson Police Department posted on its Facebook page.
“It should be noted that our officers are always willing to assist the motoring public with directions when they get lost,” the post said. “However we would encourage the public not to illegally park their vehicles and approach our officers in their parked vehicles. Especially while illegally possessing loaded firearms and drugs.”
The episode began around 1:45 a.m., when two officers stopped in their marked patrol cars near North and Church streets saw a black BMW traveling eastbound on North Street toward them.
The BMW pulled to the right shoulder and parked directly in front of a fire hydrant and a red painted curb.
Chris Meng Lee
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Lee, got out and asked the officers for directions to a mobile home park near two streets that don’t intersect.
The officers believed Lee’s behavior was suspicious and asked him for consent to search his vehicle. He complied, police said.
A search of the BMW, which Lee later told officers he got from a man in exchange for 6 pounds of marijuana, revealed a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the driver’s door pocket and approximately 1.5 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.
Asked whether he sold marijuana, Lee said, “I dabble a little bit in it,” according to a police report filed Tuesday in Shasta County Superior Court.
Police said Lee consented to a search of his cell phone, which revealed text messages that showed he was on his way to sell marijuana to a man and had apparently gotten lost.
Anderson police said Lee also has felony convictions for narcotics-related offenses, which prohibit him from possessing firearms or live ammunition.
He was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, which was raised to $100,000 during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon .
Lee pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on Jan. 17.
MAYBE NOW HE WILL BUY A SMART PHONE AND USE GOOGLE MAPS.