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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.

Foot Pursuit Leads to Discovery of Marijuana Garden

May 18, 2017

FOOT PURSUIT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF MARIJUANA GARDEN

On May 10th, 2017 Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputies attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant in the 3880 block of Cherokee Road, Oroville. Upon service of the felony arrest warrant, two males ran from the Deputies. A search was conducted and Eliceo Aguilar Morales, Age 31 from Michoacán, Mexico, was detained. During the foot pursuit, thousands of marijuana plants were seen on the property. Deputies contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit who took over the investigation and obtained a search warrant for the property.

The search warrant revealed 3,648 marijuana plants on the property; most of which were being grown in plastic cups and trays. Other areas of the marijuana garden held larger marijuana plants.

Water to the marijuana grow site was being diverted from a small creek which was fed by Grub Flat Reservoir. The water was being diverted from the creek to an illegally built pond and then pumped to the marijuana growing site.

A search of the home and property revealed 34.64 net pounds of processed marijuana. A loaded rifle was also found at the entrance to the marijuana garden.

Eliceo Aguilar Morales was arrested for felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony, and illegal water diversion. Morales’ bail is $500,000.00.

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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, May 18, 2017 /Number of views (28) /Categories: Press Release
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Search Warrant Leads to Eradication of 17,212 Marijuana Plants

May 18, 2017 Contact: 530-871-9440
SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ERADICATION OF 17,212 MARIJUANA PLANTS
On May 17, 2017 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on two vacant parcels of land on Jatko Road in Berry Creek. During the service of the search warrant SEU Detectives located and eradicated 17,212 growing marijuana plants. The marijuana garden was being watered from a nearby seasonal creek and spring that fed into Canyon Creek. The cultivators had diverted the water by use of gravity fed poly pipe to storage ponds and then piped to the growing site. SEU Detectives located a camp area that included a tent, sleeping bags, cooking area, food items, and personal toiletries and clothing. No suspects were located during the service of the search warrant.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 /Number of views (45) /Categories: Press Release
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Update: Oroville Homicide Investigation

May 11, 2017

UPDATE: OROVILLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Oroville, Ca.—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives have continued to investigate the May 6, 2017 shooting of Justin Jagears, age 34 of Oroville. Through the investigation, detectives determined that David Tuttle, age 71 of Oroville, and Edward Gaston, age 39 of Oroville, are the primary suspects in the incident. Through witness interviews, detectives determined that Jagears, Tuttle and Gaston left the residence they reside in together on the afternoon of May 6, 2017. Tuttle and Gaston returned to the residence later that day without Jagears. Information obtained through the investigation leads detectives to believe that Tuttle and Gaston transported Jagears to a location on Forbestown Road where a verbal argument ensued, leading to Jagears being shot. Jagears was air lifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Tuttle and Gaston were arrested on open counts of homicide and have been booked into the Butte County Jail.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

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OROVILLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA- On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home at 2265 Forbestown Road in Oroville on a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located the victim, Justin Jagears, age 34 of Oroville, with a single gunshot wound to the head. Jagears was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Jagears died from his injuries.
The homicide remains under investigation and at this time, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information should contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at (530) 538-7671.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 /Number of views (55) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Wagon Wheel Market Burglary Suspect Arrested

May 11, 2017

OROVILLE WAGON WHEEL MARKET BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED

Oroville, Ca--On 04-25-17, 05-04-17 and 05-09-17, during the early morning hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to the Wagon Wheel Market located at 4607 Olive Highway in Oroville for alarm calls. Deputies determined that the store had been burglarized on all three occasions. During the ensuing investigation, and with help from the community, deputies identified a local 15 year old juvenile as the subject responsible for these burglaries. It was also determined that juvenile was on probation for a previous burglary.
On the evening of 05-10-17, deputies conducted a probation search at the suspect’s home. The 15 year old juvenile was arrested and booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall for three counts of commercial burglary and a felony probation violation.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, May 11, 2017 /Number of views (51) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Homicide Investigation

Oroville, CA- On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home at 2265 Forbestown Road in Oroville on a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located the victim, Justin Jagears, age 34 of Oroville, with a single gunshot wound to the head. Jagears was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Jagears died from his injuries.

The homicide remains under investigation and at this time, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information should contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at (530) 538-7671.

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Monday, May 08, 2017 /Number of views (50) /Categories: Press Release
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