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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

September 21, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS
Berry Creek, Ca--On September 17th, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant in the 2690 block of Bean Creek Road, Berry Creek, after aerial overflights of the area revealed a commercial marijuana grow in violation of state law.
As SEU members were driving to the search warrant location, an individual in a Toyota truck passed the SEU caravan headed to the search warrant location.  The Toyota truck turned around and followed the caravan to the search warrant location.  Michael Smith, age 35 of Massachusetts was contacted and it was determined that he was part of the commercial marijuana grow site where SEU was serving the search warrant.  Smith was detained and SEU continued to serve the search warrant.
Upon serving the search warrant, two Hispanic males fled from the marijuana grow site and into the woods armed with a handgun.  The two Hispanic males would not be located by law enforcement.
Located inside a residence at the search warrant location was Mark De La Gardie, age 59 of Berry Creek.  De La Gardie was detained without incident.  A search of the residence and De La Gardie’s vehicle revealed processed and packaged marijuana for sale as well as three self-made AR-15 rifles, all illegal in California along with numerous rounds of ammunition and other firearms.
A search of the marijuana grow site revealed a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) occupied a travel trailer on the property and had rented the property from De La Gardie to cultivate marijuana.  A second marijuana grow site was located on property owned by Smith and also being tended to by the DTO.  Water was illegally being drafted from a nearby creek and stored in an above ground swimming pool to be used on the marijuana plants.
Smith was arrested for possession of brass knuckles, which were located in his Toyota truck, felony maintaining a residence for the purpose of drug sales, felony cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.  Smith was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail of $50,000.00.
De La Gardie was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, felony maintaining a residence for drug sales, armed in the commission of a felony, possession of an assault weapon, manufacturing an assault weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition.  De La Gardie was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail of $150,000.00.
As SEU was leaving the search warrant site, SEU encountered a vehicle traveling on Bean Creek Road cross of Bald Rock Road.  The driver, Calvin Merrill, age 46 of Fair Oaks, was contacted and found to be driving on a suspended driver’s license due to DUI.  An overwhelming odor of fresh marijuana came from Merrill’s vehicle and a search of the vehicle revealed 3 pounds of processed marijuana secured in turkey oven bags.  Merrill was cited for driving on a suspended license due to DUI and transportation of marijuana for sale.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 /Number of views (135) /Categories: Press Release
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ADDITIONAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATIONS DISCOVERED THROUGH ONGOING INVESTIGATION

August 28, 2018

ADDITIONAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATIONS DISCOVERED THROUGH ONGOING INVESTIGATION

Berry Creek, Ca--On August 27, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 100 block of Squirrel Lane in Berry Creek. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation from August 1, where Detectives eradicated 686 marijuana plants from an illegal commercial operation in the 100 block of Lizard Lane.

During the service of the search warrant, a total of 94 growing marijuana plants were eradicated from the property. Christopher John Spatz, 57, of Berry Creek, was cited for misdemeanor cultivation of marijuana 11358(c) H&S, and possession of marijuana for sale 11359(b) H&S.

Later that day, Detectives served another search warrant in the 100 block of Gamble Rd, Berry Creek. This search warrant was also related to the original case.

A search of the property revealed an indoor marijuana growing room, a butane honey oil lab, and 25.62 pounds of marijuana. Dustin Daniel McDonough, 28, of Berry Creek, was arrested for Felony violation of 11379.6 H&S, manufacturing a controlled substance, and armed in the commission of a felony 12022(A) (1) PC.

This case is ongoing, additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 /Number of views (146) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE HOMICIDE IN GRIDLEY

August 22, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE HOMICIDE IN GRIDLEY
Gridley, Ca—At approximately 7:00am on August 22nd, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of what appeared to be a body on the ground in a walnut orchard near Larkin Road and Ord Ranch Road in Gridley. BCSO Deputies responded to the area and located a deceased male.
BCSO Investigations Unit responded to the scene. Due to suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, BCSO Detectives are currently investigating this case as a homicide.
Limited information is available at this time. BCSO Detectives are requesting anyone with information, or who happened to be in the area of Larkin Road and Ord Ranch Rd. last night and saw or heard anything suspicious, to please contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 /Number of views (185) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARREST DRIVER AFTER LENGTHY PURSUIT THROUGH CHICO AREA

August 21, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARREST DRIVER AFTER LENGTHY PURSUIT THROUGH CHICO AREA
Chico, Ca-- On 08/21/18, at approximately 1:50 AM, officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) were pursuing a 2002 Acura TL from Oroville to the Chico area. Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to assist and deployed spike strips on Highway 99, just south of Chico. Spike strips are designed to slowly and safely deflate the tires on a vehicle coming into contact with them. CHP disengaged from the pursuit at that time. The spike strips caused a tire to deflate on the suspect vehicle.
BCSO deputies then pursued the partially disabled vehicle onto Skyway and Notre Dame Blvd. towards the Neighborhood Church parking lot, where the driver of the suspect vehicle caused damage to a power pole and fence post. The downed power line started a small fire in the shoulder along Highway 99.
The vehicle continued driving through Chico, eventually reaching the downtown Chico area where deputies called off the pursuit due to safety concerns. The suspect vehicle continued to meander through the downtown and surrounding areas at low speeds. Deputies reinitiated the pursuit when the vehicle left the downtown area. Officers from the Chico Police Department also assisted - successfully deploying a second set of spike strips causing an additional tire on the suspect’s vehicle to deflate. The driver of the partially disabled vehicle then continued to drive on the wrong side of the roadway on Esplanade and East Ave.
At approximately 2:25 AM, the driver collided with a curb on Cohasset Rd. between East Ave. and Pillsbury Rd., then rapidly turned into a parking lot. The suspect vehicle started to leave the parking lot, colliding into the front of an incoming pursuing BCSO patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle and suspect vehicle collided head-on at low speeds and no airbags were deployed. The suspect vehicle became disabled. At that point, the driver, and an adult female passenger in the suspect vehicle were detained. After an investigation, the passenger was released without charges.
The driver has been identified as Victoria L. Shepherd, age 35, from Chico. Deputies suspect Shepherd was under the influence of drugs. Shepherd was booked into the Butte County Jail on the felony charges of evading a peace officer against traffic, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for persons and property, and vandalism. During the investigation, deputies discovered the license plate on the suspect’s vehicle did not belong to the vehicle. Further investigation into the status of the suspect’s vehicle and license plate is pending.
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530.871.9440
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 /Number of views (174) /Categories: Press Release
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Nearly 3,000 Marijuana Plants Seized by BCSO Special Enforcement Unit

Oroville, CA- On August 15th, 2018, members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant in the 600 block of Fire Camp Road and on several adjoining parcels of land, totaling 582 acres. A search warrant was authorized after aerial flights of the area revealed several illegal marijuana cultivation sites in violation of California law.

During the service of the search warrant, an individual was seen running from the search warrant residence and onto the parcels of land listed in the search warrant. Members of SEU began to clear the 582 acres of land to include the numerous marijuana plots and makeshift camps found on the parcels. In doing so, SEU encountered several subjects located in one of the makeshift camps. One of those individuals was attempting to enter a vehicle hidden under the trees. Upon seeing SEU, the individual, later identified as Young Yer Yang, age 58, of Oroville, attempted to flee even after ordered to stop by law enforcement. Solo, one of the Butte County Sheriff Office’s Police Service Dogs, was deployed and made contact with Yang. Within arm’s reach of Yang was a loaded .32 caliber revolver resting on the center console of Yang’s vehicle.

Yang is one of the property owners of the 582 acres of land. Evidence at the scene revealed that several people were using Yang’s land to cultivate marijuana and in exchange, Yang was to receive a large dollar amount for the “rent” of the land and/or payment in the form of marijuana.

Over the course of several hours, SEU eradicated 2,859 marijuana plants located on the 582 acres of land.

Yang was arrested for felony maintaining a property for drug sales, felony renting a property for excessive profits from drug sales, felony armed in the commission of a felony, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and resisting arrest.

This is an ongoing investigation with future arrests imminent.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 /Number of views (221) /Categories: Press Release
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