Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

Search Warrant service

On June 29th, 2016, Detectives with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Detectives from the Butte Inter Agency Taskforce, and Yuba County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant in the 150 block of Natchez Creek Road, Bangor. Aerial observations of the area by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office revealed a large scale commercial marijuana grow on the border of Butte and Yuba County. It was later found to be within Butte County’s jurisdiction, however, due to the size of the marijuana grow, both agencies were involved with the eradication of the marijuana plants.

Upon service of the search warrant, it was found that an abandoned house on the property was being used as a “camp” by the suspects. Inside the home were areas being used to process marijuana as well as sleeping quarters with personal belongings.

Trails led from the home to the marijuana grow site and four different outdoor marijuana processing areas. Detectives eradicated a total of 5,274 marijuana plants that had a net weight of 3,880 pounds.

During the initial search of the marijuana garden, Rigoberto Ledesma Zavala, age 45 of Guanajuato, Mexico, was contacted and taken into custody. Located near Zavala was an AR-15 rifle with an 8” barrel. A thirty round magazine was located within the marijuana plants that matched the caliber of the rifle. A second suspect was in the marijuana garden, however he eluded capture in the heavy brush.

From evidence located in the garden it appears water was being diverted from nearby creeks and stored in an above ground swimming pool hidden with tarps and brush to hide it from aerial observations.

Rigoberto Zavala was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an assault rifle, possession of a short barreled rifle, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and armed in the commission of a felony. Zavala’s bail has been set at $195,000.00. Zavala also has a $300,000.00 felony warrant for dangerous drugs out of San Bernardino County, California.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016 /Number of views (6) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff's Deputies Respond to Reported Burglary in Progress

June 22, 2016
Released by: Sgt. Ryan Gsell 530-538-7321
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES REPSOND TO REPORTED BURGLARY IN PROGRESS

Chico, CA – On Wednesday June 22, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) North County Deputies were dispatched to the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church located at 13539 Garner Lane, Chico. A church staff member called 911 around 2:20 PM and reported a female had broken into the church. When confronted by staff, the female reportedly hid in a large storage closet located under a stairway. Knowing the church is very large, BCSO requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Chico Police Department (CPD).

BCSO, CHP, and CPD arrived and set up a perimeter around the church. A search team entered the church and located a female adult barricaded in the large storage area originally reported by staff. Attempts to get the female to exit the storage area voluntarily were unsuccessful. Law Enforcement removed a portion of sheet rock gaining access to the storage area. The female was taken into custody after a brief struggle which included her trying to bite Law Enforcement. The female and Law Enforcement were injured however.

At this point in the investigation it appears the female was in need of Mental Health care which BCSO assisted her with. BCSO will make arrangements with Pleasant Valley Church to fix the damaged property.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 /Number of views (25) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Vehicle Pursuit

Oroville, CA – On June 11, 2016, at about 2:35 am, BCSO Deputies attempted to stop the occupants of a Ford Explorer in the area of Glen Drive and Foothill Boulevard, Oroville/Butte County. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and led the Deputies in a pursuit that lasted approximately 28 minutes, covered several miles throughout Butte County, and reached speeds of approximately 80 mph. The passenger jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Naranja Avenue and Mt. Ida. He was quickly captured by the Deputies however the driver continued. The passenger was identified as 31 year old Oroville resident, Christopher Ballez. Ballez was booked at the Butte County Jail for Obstructing a Peace Officer. His bail was set at $1,000.
Officers from the Oroville Police Department (OPD) were monitoring the pursuit and quickly relocated the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Oro Quincy Highway and Oak Ave. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield for OPD Officers and the pursuit continued for several more miles.
Spike strips were successfully deployed on Lower Honcut Road, just east of Hwy 70. The driver continued northbound on Highway 70 for about two more miles before stopping in the area of Highway 70 and Central House Road where he was taken into custody. The driver was identified as 42 year old Oroville resident, Timothy Fryar. Fryar was booked at the Butte County Jail for Felony Evading and Driving on a Suspended License. His bail was set at $ 51,000.

Monday, June 13, 2016 /Number of views (46) /Categories: Press Release
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SACRAMENTO MAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH A MINOR

6/9/16
 
Oroville, Ca--On 6/8/16 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report form a citizen advising that an adult male was communicating with her 13 year old daughter via a cell phone and text messaging.  The adult male, later identified as Andres Mendoza-Ochoa (age 20) of Sacramento, was trying to arrange a meeting with the juvenile for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.  Detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office took over communications with Mendoza-Ochoa and while posing as the juvenile confirmed his intent to engage in sexual activity with her.  During those communications Mendoza-Ochoa suggested that he could pick the girl up in Oroville and take her back to Sacramento.  A meeting was arranged for a location in Oroville and detectives waited for Mendoza-Ochoa to arrive.
On 6/9/16, at about 12:23 AM, Mendoza-Ochoa arrived at the predesignated meeting location and was immediately stopped by deputies and detectives from the Sheriff’s Office.  Mendoza-Ochoa was taken into custody and transported to the Butte County Jail.
Mendoza-Ochoa was booked on charges of CONTACT WITH A MINOR WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SEXUAL OFFENSE and ATTEMPTING TO MEET TO COMPLETE A SEXUAL ACT WITH A MINOR. Bail was set at $30,000.
Fortunately, in this case the parent discovered the electronic communication that was taking place between their daughter and this adult male stranger, and was able to intervene.  The Butte County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to monitor their children’s use of electronic devices and discuss the dangers related to electronic communications with strangers.
If anyone has information relating to similar type of activities contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.


Thursday, June 09, 2016 /Number of views (40) /Categories: Press Release
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Search Warrant Broken Glass Circle – Concow

On June 6th, 2016 Deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 3700 block of Broken Glass Circle, Concow.
Upon service of the search warrant, Deputies located James Burkhart, age 49, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Burkhart was detained without incident. Burkhart would later be arrested for cultivation of marijuana and maintaining a location where sales was taking place.
A search of the area revealed outdoor and greenhouse grown marijuana plants. Marijuana plants were also located hidden within natural brush in an attempt to hide the marijuana plants. A total of 654 marijuana plants were located and eradicated. Four pounds of processed marijuana, packaged for sale, was also found on the property and seized.
Later in the day, a follow up investigation was conducted and a second person responsible for the Broken Glass Circle marijuana grow was arrested without incident. Melody Leung, age 25, of Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, and maintaining a location where sales was taking place.
Burkhart and Leung were transported to the Butte County Jail. Burkhart’s bail is $100,000.00 and Leung’s bail is $175,000.00.

 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016 /Number of views (39) /Categories: Press Release
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