We investigate the dependence of random telegraph noise (RTN) on a poly-silicon trap position in a 3D vertical channel and charge-trapping NAND flash cell string. We characterize RTN in read current of each cell of a string at different read and pass voltages. RTN characteristics resulting from a trap in a read cell or in a pass cell are differentiated. A method to identify a poly-silicon trap position in a NAND string is proposed. We perform the 3D TCAD simulation to calculate channel electron density in a string. Measured RTN characteristics can be explained by current-path percolation and channel carrier screening effects. The distribution of RTN amplitudes in NAND strings is characterized.