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.

Butane Honey Oil Lab - Concow

On July 22nd, 2015 Detectives with the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit along with members of the Butte Inter-Agency Task Force (BINTF), served a search warrant in the 3800 block of Camelot Lane, Concow.

Upon service of the search warrant, three individuals were contacted, Brandon Hill, Robert Tillman, and Mark Gayman.  A search of the property revealed a butane honey oil lab consisting of over 200 pounds of marijuana bud/shake mix, over 2 pounds of finished butane honey oil, 192 butane cans, a canister of liquid butane, and components of the lab itself.

Detectives found six children in the home during the service of the search warrant; 5 of whom were taken into protective custody.  Also located at the scene were 11 dogs, which were removed by Butte County Animal Control.

Arrested at the scene was Brandon Hill, Robert Tillman, and Mark Gayman.  All were arrested for the manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sale.  Hill had the added charge of felony child endangerment.  Tillman and Gayman had the added charge of being in possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.


Monday, August 03, 2015 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Press Release

Philbrook Lake marijuana garden

On July 31st, 2015 Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit along with members of the US Forest Service located an illegal marijuana grow northwest of Philbrook Lake.  Upon hiking into the marijuana grow site, Deputies located a water line that was buried in the dirt in an effort to avoid detection by hikers.  The water line was being used to draw water from a feeder creek to the West Branch of the Feather River.  The water line was buried approximately ¼ of a mile from the feeder creek to the marijuana grow site.

A search of the area for suspects revealed negative results, however, it appears that this marijuana grow site is related to the Coon Creek marijuana grow site eradicated by the Special Enforcement Unit on July 20th, 2015, where one suspect was taken into custody and 9,251 marijuana plants were seized.

A total of 4,774 marijuana plants were located at the Philbrook marijuana grow site, which were being grown within manzanita bushes to avoid detection by the Sheriff’s helicopter.  It appeared that the water supply for this grow site was dwindling and efforts by the suspect(s) to make water reservoirs proved fruitless.  During the day of the raid, almost no water was left in the feeder creek.

Two camps were located, which held several hundred pounds of trash, pesticide, herbicide, and miscellaneous items.  A clean up of this area will take place later in the year to return the area back to its natural state.


Monday, August 03, 2015 /Number of views (1) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO Deputies Arrest Oroville Stabbing Suspect

July 29, 2015
Oroville, Ca--On July 28, 2015 at approximately 6:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the area of Greenville Street and Roseben Avenue, Oroville, for a possible stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with an apparent stab wound to the back of his neck. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
While deputies were conducting their investigation, they were given information the suspect was possibly at an address on Parkdale Avenue, Oroville. Upon their arrival, they contacted a 17 year old male juvenile. After the juvenile was interviewed, he was arrested and transported to Butte County Juvenile Hall for assault with a deadly weapon.
At the time of this press release, the Sheriff’s Office was given information that the victim underwent surgery for his injuries. His status is unknown at this time. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321.
Released by: Sgt. Matt Keeling
Contact: Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox
33 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-5384, 530-990-6949

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 /Number of views (16) /Categories: Press Release

Water rescue

On July 19th 2015 at 12:47 pm, Butte County Sheriff Dispatch received two 9-1-1 emergency calls from a cellular phone that were immediately disconnected.  Upon receiving a third consecutive 9-1-1 call, the Public Safety Dispatcher heard a hysterical female state something about “holding on to a tree”.  An additional call was made and it was determined that the female was trapped against and under trees in strong current and holding on to branches to keep her head above the water.  She informed the dispatcher that there were at least three other females in similar situations and two others’ whereabouts were unknown.

After determining the female’s location using GPS positioning for her cellular phone, Butte County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, along with personnel from Cal Fire and California Highway Patrol, responded to the Feather River at River Reflections RV Park in Oroville.  Deputies from the Marine Unit launched a Rescue Watercraft and a Patrol Vessel to reach the female victims, who were trapped in swift water in a hazardous area of trees and rock west of Franklin Construction and Pacific Heights Road.  A CHP helicopter also arrived and was able to view the victims from the air.  Once the victims were reached by the Marine Unit, the two with the highest risk of drowning, one of whom was the 9-1-1 caller, were rescued and taken to shore downstream where patrol and rescue personnel were standing by.  Three additional female victims trapped in the same area were also rescued and brought to the shore.  Two other females in the group had made it through the area to safety prior to the rescue.

It was later determined that the inexperienced group put in with kayaks and rafts and were not prepared for the dangerous conditions of the river, subsequently capsizing and near drowning.  The Butte County Sheriff’s Office urges the public to wear your life jacket, have a float plan and identify hazards in it, and to always be safe on and around the water.

Sgt. Stephen Collins

Butte County Sheriff’s Office

Monday, July 27, 2015 /Number of views (11) /Categories: Press Release

Homicide in Oroville

Oroville, CA- On July 18, 2015 at 11:21 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a man who was shot in the 4700 block of Lincoln Blvd, Oroville, CA.  The man, later identified as Oroville Resident Paul Bryant (age 29), was transported to a local hospital and died as a result of his injuries.  Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives were called to the scene to begin an investigation.  Detectives are attempting to locate Carlos Carias Sr (age 45) who has been identified as a suspect in this case.  This is an ongoing investigation and certain details are not immediately available to be released.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7671.  Attached is a photograph of Carlos Carias Sr.



Monday, July 27, 2015 /Number of views (15) /Categories: Press Release
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