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828 MARIJUANA PLANTS ERADICATED BY BCSO SEU

September 19, 2019

828 MARIJUANA PLANTS ERADICATED BY BCSO SEU

Bangor, CA- On September 17, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant on a property located on Erler Court, in Bangor. Upon service of the search warrant, Deputies encountered a male suspect sleeping inside a small travel trailer concealed in the trees. The male was detained without incident.

Deputies discovered marijuana grow sites on two hillsides in between two unnamed tributaries that flow into South Honcut Creek. It was also discovered the marijuana cultivators were diverting water from the unnamed tributaries to cultivate the marijuana. The water was being transferred from the tributaries via a sophisticated gravity fed system, where the tributaries were dammed in several locations, redirecting the water flow into poly tubing. Deputies also located a large amount of trash in and around the tributaries.

In total, Deputies eradicated 828 marijuana plants from the grow sites and an additional 300 pounds of marijuana being processed for sale.

Arrested at the scene was Ramiro Valencia Tapia, age 53 of Rancho Tehama, for illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, diverting water for the purpose of cultivating marijuana, and polluting the waterway with trash. Tapia was booked into the Butte County Jail.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Press Release
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Honey Run Pursuit

September 16, 2019
Honey Run Pursuit
On 9/15/19 at approximately 1538 hours, Deputy Robertson and Deputy Parmley were on patrol in the area of Jasper Drive and Tioga Way, in Chico. While in the area, they recognized a subject identified as Daniel Hensley (7/19/82). Hensley had an outstanding felony warrant and was known to carry firearms.
Hensley got into a tan colored Ford F150, where he was the sole occupant. Deputies attempted to stop Hensley by initiating a traffic enforcement stop and he failed to yield. Deputies pursued Hensley to Centerville Road. Deputies lost sight of Hensley’s vehicle in the 13000 block of Centerville Road. Sergeant Larson located the vehicle unoccupied. The vehicle was involved in a traffic collision. With the assistance of a helicopter and K9 units, an area search was conducted for Hensley with negative results. Deputies conducted a search of the wrecked Ford and located a pistol, a short barreled shotgun, other dangerous weapons and drug paraphernalia.
While still on scene, BCSO Dispatch advised a man matching Hensley’s description stole a Ford F250 in Centerville/Honey Run area. Responding Deputies located the occupied stolen vehicle and confirmed Hensley was the driver and sole occupant. Another traffic stop was initiated and Hensley failed to yield. During the course of the pursuit, Hensley attempted to strike a Deputy with the stolen vehicle. The pursuit continued into Chico. The helicopter and outside agencies continued to assist during the ongoing incident. Spike strips were deployed on two separate occasions but Hensley was able to avoid both deployments.
Hensley returned to the area where the original pursuit was initiated. Hensley exited the vehicle as it was still traveling on Jasper Drive. Hensley ran toward a house, entered the occupied garage of the residence through an open door and closed the door behind him. Deputies confirmed Hensley closed the occupant of the garage inside with him. Deputies and assisting Officers set up a perimeter around the location. Hensley refused to surrender while BCSO Deputies attempted to gain compliance through negotiations. Due to his failure to comply and the danger risk to the residents in the area, BCSO K9 “Chico” was used to apprehend him. Hensley struck the K9 several times and fought Deputies and Officers before he was subsequently taken into custody.
Hensley was booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony warrant, two counts of evading a peace officer, several counts of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, vehicle theft, possession of a short barreled shotgun and resisting arrest. Hensley’s was not issued a bail due to his mandatory appearance requirement.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 /Number of views (2) /Categories: Press Release
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Missing Person

September 17, 2019
Missing Person
On September 6, 2019, Deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report that 84-year-old Barbara Olmstead of Chico was missing. Through subsequent investigation, it is suspected that Barbara is with 55-year-old Rebekah Vierow of North Highlands. Rebekah is Barbara’s niece through marriage.
BCSO Investigations personnel spoke with a female who verbally identified herself as Barbara on September 10, 2019, at which time Barbara was supposed to contact the local CHP office to be removed from the missing person system. As of September 17, 2019, Barbara has not been officially located and all phone numbers for Barbara and Rebekah are no longer working.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Barbara and Rebekah. Barbara and Rebekah are suspected to have been in the area of Modesto and Fresno within the last week but their current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jake Smith with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7671.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019 /Number of views (2) /Categories: Press Release
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5,475 Marijuana Plants Eradicated by BCSO SEU

September 11, 2019
5,475 Marijuana Plants Eradicated by BCSO SEU
Butte County, CA- On August 28, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant across several connected properties located on Pritchett Drive, in Berry Creek. Upon service of the search warrant, Deputies encountered multiple male suspects who fled into the surrounded wooded area. Two suspects were apprehended by Deputies. Two additional suspects were detained at a camp trailer without incident.
Deputies determined the property owner, Alfonso Saise Sr., age 69 of Oroville, owned one of the involved parcels and had rented out the marijuana growing areas. Deputies found six different large plots of growing marijuana, each plot included a large amount of marijuana growing in several greenhouses. During the search of the property, Deputies also discovered an unloaded shotgun. In total, Deputies eradicated 4,141 marijuana plants from the grow sites.
A warrant for Alfonso Saise Sr. will be requested for maintaining a place for narcotic sales, employing an individual under 21 to sell marijuana, illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Eduardo Mendez, age 28 of Marysville, was cited for illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Hector Dejesus, age 19 of Chiapas, Mexico, was arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Angel Zuniga, age 38 of Michoacán, Mexico, was arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Zuniga was also found to have a felony warrant for his arrest out of San Mateo County, for felony unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
On September 4, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant on a property located on the 1700 block of Milsap Bar Road, in Brush Creek. During aerial reconnaissance, Deputies located a small plot of marijuana growing near Indian Creek. When Deputies arrived at the property, they discovered the small plot of marijuana seen from the air contained a few dozen growing marijuana plants; however, Deputies located several hundred additional marijuana plants growing in a clandestine area which was hidden under trees. Deputies discovered the marijuana cultivators were diverting water from Indian Creek to cultivate the marijuana. Deputies also located an unloaded shotgun from the site. No suspects were located during the warrant and the investigation is ongoing. In total, Deputies eradicated 1,334 marijuana plants from the location.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 /Number of views (17) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Recovers Body of Missing Man in the Feather River

September 1, 2019
BCSO Recovers Body of Missing Man in the Feather River

Gridley, CA- On Saturday, August 31, 2019, at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Marine Unit, the BCSO Search and Rescue Team and CAL FIRE responded to the Feather River in Gridley, approximately a half-mile from the East Gridley Road Bridge. Two men were in a canoe that overturned in the water. One man made it safely to shore, and reported his friend continued floating down the river and he lost sight of him. The BCSO Search and Rescue Team, the BCSO Marine Unit and the CAL FIRE Swift Water Rescue Team searched the river for several hours, with the assistance of a CHP helicopter, and the man was not located. An extensive ground search of the area surrounding the river was also conducted.

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, the BCSO Search and Rescue Swift Water Team, Search and Rescue Marine Unit, BCSO Marine Unit, and the BCSO helicopter continued to search the river, and a ground search of the river banks and surrounding orchards was also conducted. At approximately 11:15 a.m., the body of the man, identified as Omar Espinal, age 40 of Chico, was recovered from the Feather River, just north of East Gridley Road. The investigation into the death is ongoing.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019 /Number of views (32) /Categories: Press Release
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