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Attorney arrested in gun, drug case

February 24, 2009|David Kelly

A criminal defense attorney was arrested on suspicion of accepting guns and drugs in exchange for his legal services, authorities said Monday.

Gary Stephen Redinger, 59, who once ran for county Superior Court judge, was arrested Wednesday after a search of his house turned up suspected methamphetamine and more than 30 firearms, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Donald Patton.

Redinger's son Patrick, 23, was arrested on an outstanding, no-bail warrant for violating terms of probation, Patton said.

Deputies recently received a tip from an informant that drugs were being sold out of Redinger's north San Bernardino home.

When police arrived with a search warrant, they found a variety of weapons and methamphetamine in a safe, Patton said.

Investigators suspect Redinger was bartering his services for guns and drugs. He was booked on suspicion of operating a narcotics business from his home, possessing methamphetamine and furnishing it to other subjects, and possession of a controlled substance.

-- David Kelly

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