Sheriff's Office
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.

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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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TRAFFIC STOP REVEALS CLOSED LOOP HASH LAB, LEADS TO ONE ARREST

July 14, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TRAFFIC STOP REVEALS CLOSED LOOP HASH LAB, LEADS TO ONE ARREST

Chico, Ca--On July 10th, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Fair Street and Park Avenue, Chico. The driver, Justin Prior, age 35, of Chico, was found to have a felony warrant out of Yuba County for the manufacture of a controlled substance (hash oil), in which Prior suffered 3rd degree burns to over 30 percent of his body. Prior was taken into custody without incident.

A search of Prior’s vehicle by Sheriff’s Deputies revealed a dismantled closed loop hash lab with finished hash oil and a tank containing approximately 20 pounds of liquid butane. The Sheriff’s Deputies requested the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) to take over the hash lab investigation.

SEU arrived on scene and found that Sheriff’s Deputies located a complete closed loop hash oil lab with 1.2 ounces of finished hash oil. Further investigation by SEU revealed the lab had been recently used to manufacture the hash oil after off-gassing dry ice was located within the lab components; dry ice is used to reclaim butane during the hash lab operation.

Based on the investigation and evidence located at the traffic stop, Justin Prior was arrested on fresh felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.

The closed loop hash lab was transported off site and assembled, showing the complete system. Prior is currently housed at the Butte County Jail with a $125,000.00 bail for his Yuba County felony warrant and a $100,000.00 bail for his fresh arrest on manufacturing a controlled substance.
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT INVESTIGATES LARGE SCALE BUTANE HONEY OIL OPERATION IN CONCOW

July 14, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT INVESTIGATES LARGE SCALE BUTANE HONEY OIL OPERATION IN CONCOW

Concow, Ca-- On July 11th, 2018 Law Enforcement from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office attempted felony warrant service in the 5040 block of Big Bend Road, Concow. Upon service of the warrant, a large-scale butane honey oil operation was found.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) took over the butane honey oil investigation. A search warrant for the property was obtained and served on July 11th, 2018. Upon service of the search warrant, approximately 10,000 empty butane cans were found on the property along with an active butane honey oil lab with finished hash oil.

A search of the property revealed one closed loop butane honey oil lab, eight stainless steel and eleven glass open blasting extraction tubes, and two vacuum purge oven to further refine butane honey oil. Other seized contraband included the following:

• 30.26 net pounds of finished butane honey oil
• 796.16 net pounds of processed marijuana
• 200 full 300ml butane cans

Arrested at the scene were the following:

Brent Lambert, age, 28 of Concow for felony manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, armed in the commission of a felony, and felony child endangerment. Bail is set at $271,000.00.

Robert Locke, age 31, of Concow for felony manufacturing a controlled substance, armed in the commission of a felony, and on a Del Norte County felony warrant for child pornography. Bail is set at $260,000.00.

Julia Lambert, age 28, of Concow for felony child endangerment. Bail is set at $15,000.00.

Margaret Noeske, age 47, of Concow for felony child endangerment. Bail is set at $15,000.00.

Three children were detained and removed from the home by Butte County Children’s Services: Age 7 months, 3 years, and 5 years.

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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SERVES SEARCH WARRANT IN OROVILLE

July 14, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SERVES SEARCH WARRANT IN OROVILLE

Berry Creek, Ca-- On July 11th, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant in the 700 block of Lumpkin Road, Oroville.

Aerial reconnaissance of the area reveled several plots of marijuana being grown on the property, which appeared to be a commercial operation.

Upon service of the search warrant, a makeshift camp was located within a metal outbuilding. The camp included bedding, food supplies, and a camp stove. No suspects were located in the camp or on the property, however, the marijuana plants had been recently watered.

A total of 2,809 marijuana plants were eradicated from the property, which appeared to have been grown by a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO). Water to the marijuana plants was being diverted from two local creeks, which feed into Lake Oroville. Several pesticide and fertilizer bottles and bags littered the area.

During the marijuana eradication operation, the Butte County Sheriff’s helicopter witnessed a 2012 white GMC Sierra truck enter the search warrant property and immediately turn around and leave at a high rate of speed. The Sheriff’s helicopter followed the GMC truck for several miles where the pilot radioed to Deputies the direction of travel of the GMC truck. Eventually the GMC truck slowed for a slow moving Cal-Fire Engine but eventually passed the Cal-Fire Engine over a double yellow line and continued at a high rate of speed.

The GMC truck was eventually stopped at Vierra Road and La Porte Road, in La Porte, by Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies due to the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff’s helicopter.

Butte County Sheriff’s Dispatch advised the Deputies that the GMC truck was a stolen vehicle after obtaining the license plate from the Deputies. The driver, Patrick Trevino, age 47, of Oroville was taken into custody and arrested for the possession of a stolen vehicle and for possession of burglary tools. Trevino was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail of $18,000.00.
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UPCOMING CHANGE TO BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECORDS WINDOW HOURS

July 13, 2018
UPCOMING CHANGE TO BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECORDS WINDOW HOURS
Oroville, CA-- A change in hours is announced for The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Records window at 5 Gillick Way in Oroville.  Beginning on Friday, August 10, 2018, open hours will be reduced on Fridays to 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  This change only affects Friday afternoons and does not affect the Civil Department window.  The BCSO lobby will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  
 The reduction in open hours on Friday is needed to address staffing shortages, changes in workflow processes, and training of personnel.  This is anticipated to be a temporary change and a return to full hours on Friday will be announced at a later date.
 The BCSO Records Division provides valuable services to the community such as “Livescan” fingerprinting, Concealed Weapon, Alarm, and other permits, and copies of Law Enforcement records.  
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