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Neighborhood Unit Arrests Shingletown Drug Dealer

Redding’s Neighborhood Police Unit is getting to know the area’s drug dealers pretty well. They say that’s how they recognized 25-year-old Robert Cronin-Mills when they saw him on Market Street. Knowing he’s on probation, officers stopped and searched him, allegedly finding a lot of heroin and a lot of cash. Cronin-Mills said he had earned the money by stacking firewood for his grandmother in Shingletown, where he lives. When it was clear the officers didn’t believe him he told a different story. He reportedly said that he uses 3 grams of heroin every day at a cost of about 8400 Dollars a month, and that he supports his habit by selling 15 to 20,000 Dollars worth of the drug each month. Cronin-Mills commuted to Redding daily in his grandmother’s car. His own car was impounded in May when he was arrested for drug dealing. He was arrested again in July as one of Shasta County’s most wanted, but then released again last month. He also had two heroin-related arrests last year. After his latest contact he was booked into jail again and his grandmother’s car was impounded in the hopes that it will prevent him from getting to Redding again after he’s released.