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Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe 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.

OVERFLIGHT OF AREA REVEALS COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION IN PALERMO

July 19, 2018

OVERFLIGHT OF AREA REVEALS COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION IN PALERMO

Palermo, Ca--On July 18th, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at a parcel off Dunstone Drive with a cross street of Bangor Park Road, Palermo. The search warrant was granted after an overflight of the area revealed a commercial marijuana cultivation operation along North Honcut Creek.

Upon service of the search warrant, a Hispanic male was located tending to marijuana plants on the property. As detectives approached, other Hispanic males fled the area on foot from a large clandestine commercial marijuana processing and camp area along North Honcut Creek.

Located in the marijuana processing and camp area was a Mossberg AR-15 rifle loaded with a 30 round magazine and a second 30 round magazine was found nearby. Hanging and drying marijuana, as well as processed marijuana, was found in the processing and camp area. A total of 755 net pounds of processed marijuana was removed from the processing and camp area.

Also located at the scene was a travel trailer, occupied by Sven Gerald Banse, age 56, of Oroville. Banse has been identified as the owner of the parcel. Located in Banse’s travel trailer was 25 net pounds of processed marijuana and a .17 caliber rifle.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Banse was approached by a member of a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), and was to be paid $10,000.00 in cash for the use of his land to cultivate marijuana by other DTO members.

Banse was arrested at the scene for maintaining a place for the sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and armed in the commission of a felony. Banse’s bail is set at $33,000.00.

The cultivation of marijuana took place along North Honcut Creek, where members of the DTO drafted water, using gasoline powered water pumps, to water the marijuana plants. The investigation revealed gasoline stored along the creek bank, several areas of human waste along the creek edge, litter along and in the creek, and the washing of clothes using Tide laundry detergent, in the creek itself. The use of Tide laundry detergent caused an algae bloom in the creek from the chemicals in the Tide product.

A total of 376 marijuana plants, with a net weight of 1,220 pounds, was eradicated from the creek edge.

The single Hispanic male arrested at the scene possessed documents listing his name as Eliecer Osornio-Gomez, age 21, of Michoacán, Mexico; however, those documents appear to be fraudulent.


Eliecer Osornio-Gomez was arrested for felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony and multiple environmental crimes including diverting a creek, petroleum near a creek, disposal of trash within 150 feet of a creek, and deleterious substances (Tide detergent) near a creek.

Osornio-Gomez’ bail is set at $78,000.00. Osornio-Gomez will be live-scanned at the Butte County Jail in an effort to determine his true identify.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 /Number of views (74) /Categories: Press Release
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Berry Creek Drug Arrest

RELEASED BY: Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Sergeant Sam Burnett

Berry Creek, CA- On July 16, 2018 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call of a suspicious vehicle near the 13000 block of Oro Quincy Highway north of the Berry Creek area. Deputy Demmers responded and contacted the lone occupant of the vehicle who was identified as 38 year-old Jay White from Lake Tahoe. White was contacted by Deputy Demmers who subsequently conducted a search of White’s vehicle. Deputy Demmers located a large amount of narcotics that were preliminarily identified as approximately 1 pound of cocaine, what appeared to be several thousand ecstasy pills, approximately 3 pounds of powdered MDMA, approximately 2 pounds of Ketamine, Psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, marijuana, a handgun, and over $16,000.00 in currency. Because of the large amount of narcotics, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) responded to take over the investigation. Due to the large amount of substances seized, the amounts listed are preliminary estimates and some of the drugs will need lab analysis to confirm what they are. White was placed under arrest for possession for sale of several different controlled substances, being armed in the commission of a felony and possession of several controlled substances. White was booked into the Butte County Jail and is being held on $371,000.00 bail. Additional charges may be added at the completion of the investigation.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (126) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Shooting Investigation

Oroville, CA- On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at approximately 6:50 a.m., The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of shots fired in a driveway at a home on Feathervale Drive in Oroville. BCSO Deputies responded to the scene and located a white Ford pickup truck crashed in a ditch near the residence. It was determined the truck was associated with one of the suspects related to the shooting. After further investigation, Deputies determined prior to the shooting, two men showed up to the residence and started a verbal argument with the homeowner. One of the men was armed with a gun, and one was armed with a knife. Witnesses on scene indicated during the verbal argument between the male suspects and the homeowner, the victim and his brother also arrived to the scene and became involved in the argument. The victim was then shot in the leg and transported to the hospital by his brother. His injuries are not life threatening.
The suspects fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival. Deputies believe they know the identity of the suspects, and are actively searching for them. It is believed the suspects were known the victim and the shooting could be related to illegal activity. Anyone with information is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (60) /Categories: Press Release
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Hundreds of Marijuana Plants Eradicated by BCSO Special Enforcement Unit

Rackerby, CA- On July 16th, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on a rural property in the 1540 block of Robinson Mill Road, Rackerby.

A search of the property revealed an illegal camp, which contained a firearm, a clandestine marijuana drying and processing area, and 569 marijuana plants weighing 2,900 net pounds. This marijuana grow site was a commercial operation in violation of California state law and Butte County Measure A.

A search of the area for suspects revealed negative results, however, a stolen boat trailer and boat were located on the property and recovered. Both the boat trailer and boat are owned by the same person and both were returned to the rightful owner later that day.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (66) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSISTS WITH SEARCH OF MISSING BOATER ON LAKE OROVILLE

July 14, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASSISTS WITH SEARCH OF MISSING BOATER ON LAKE OROVILLE

Butte County, Ca— On July 14, 2018, at approximately 2:50AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a boater on Lake Oroville stating she was on a house boat with friends, and believed one of her friends had jumped into the water but was unable to be located.

BCSO Marine Unit and BCSO Search and Rescue responded to Lake Oroville and assisted State Parks with the initial search. The surrounding area was searched extensively including other house boats.

BCSO Marine Unit deputies deployed their sonar equipped ROV (remotely operated vehicle) into the water, which was approximately 300 feet deep in the area surrounding the house boat. At approximately 5AM, the body of the missing boater was located 200 feet underwater and brought to the surface.

John Tobias, age 41, from Roseville was pronounced deceased at the scene. Any investigation into this incident will be conducted by State Parks.
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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440




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