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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.

Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Seize Several Pounds of Methamphetamine

Oroville, CA- Over the past several months the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF), with the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), has been involved in an investigation that has led to the seizure of several pounds of methamphetamine and a ¼ ounce of heroin.
On April 14, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Thao conducted a vehicle stop in the Oroville area and located a large amount of methamphetamine and a substantial amount of currency. Because of the large amount of methamphetamine, BINTF was contacted and responded to take over the investigation. Almost a pound of methamphetamine was recovered from this stop and $2039 was seized. The suspect, James Anthony Bond, age 48, was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for possession for sale of methamphetamine, a felony. Bond was later released on bail.
On June 21, 2018, at about 1130 PM, Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force Detectives, who were being assisted by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Designated Area Deputies (DAD) Brian Evans and Levi Bryant, served a search warrant in the Oroville Area. The residence located at 45 Mono Avenue in Oroville, was searched as well as a vehicle belonging to the primary suspect, James Anthony Bond. With the assistance of Deputy Evan’s Police Service Dog “Duke” who is trained in locating controlled substances, BINTF located a total of 746 grams of methamphetamine (about 1 3/4 pounds) and 8.6 grams of heroin. James Anthony Bond and Tessa Salonius, age 28, were arrested after the search was conducted. Bond was charged with possession for sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Possession for sale of an opiate (heroin), transportation of a controlled substance and commission of a felony while on bail. Bond was booked and held on $325,000.00 bail. Salonius was charged with transportation of a controlled substance and was held at the Butte County Jail with $175,000 bail.
On June 24, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Arredondo conducted a search of a residence located in the 1000 block of Robinson Street in Oroville. The resident of the home, Darian Vetter, age 45, is believed to be associated with James Anthony Bond. During this search, almost a pound of methamphetamine was located as well as $3800 in currency. BINTF also responded to this residence and took over this investigation. Vetter was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for possession for sale of a controlled substance.
On July 26, 2018, BINTF conducted another search on James Anthony Bond after he had again been released from jail. Bond was located by BINTF Agents at a local motel on Feather River Boulevard in Oroville. During this search an additional 16 grams of methamphetamine was located as well as some drug paraphernalia. Bond was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In total almost 3 ½ pounds (1553.5 grams) of methamphetamine and 8.6 grams of heroin were recovered from these investigations.
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Friday, August 03, 2018 /Number of views (137) /Categories: Press Release
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Cohasset Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation Arrest


Cohasset, CA-On July 31st, 2018, members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 10400 block of Cohasset Road, Cohasset.

Upon service of the search warrant, no one was located inside the residence, which appeared to be nothing more than a flop pad. A search of the 10-acre parcel revealed three people tending to a large marijuana grow site, consisting of three large greenhouses, each 100’ in length by 20’ in width.

The individuals working at the marijuana grow site fled into the woods upon seeing law enforcement approach, however, one individual was captured at the scene and identified as Lichun Liu, age 54, from China.

Located at the search warrant scene were two outbuildings; one used as an indoor grow location and the other as a marijuana drying and processing area.

A total of 1,327 marijuana plants were eradicated from the property and 63.8 net pounds of marijuana bud seized.

Lichun Liu was booked into the Butte County Jail for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a residence for drug sales. Lichun Liu’s bail has been set at $21,000.00.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 /Number of views (134) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Special Enforcement Unit Raids Two Illegal Marijuana Grows

On July 25th, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) conducted an early morning raid on a suspected Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) marijuana grow on United States Forest Service land, located in the Highway 70 canyon near Rim Road, Concow. After an hour hike to the grow site, a large camp was located which contained bedding and ample food supplies. Trails led from the camp to the marijuana plants with pesticides and fertilizers hidden in the brush. Two Hispanic suspects were seen in the marijuana grow site and fled from law enforcement through heavy brush. A lengthy search by SEU with the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff’s helicopter yielded negative results. A total of 533 marijuana plants were eradicated from USFS land with a future reclamation of the grow site planned.

On July 27th, 2018, SEU conducted another early morning raid on a suspected DTO marijuana grow on the Musty Buck Preserve located south of Limpach Road, Cohasset. SEU located two Hispanic suspects caring for the 799 marijuana plants hidden within manzanita and scrub brush. Both suspects fled down a heavily wooded drainage where they escaped capture. The 799 marijuana plants were removed from Musty Buck Preserve as well as over 1,200 pounds of trash, food, camping gear, fertilizers, and pesticides. Water from Maple Branch Creek, which flows into Mud Creek and in the Sacramento River had been diverted in an effort to provide water to the marijuana plants. The small creek was returned to its natural flow state.
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Friday, July 27, 2018 /Number of views (161) /Categories: Press Release
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LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA GROW LOCATED ON CHEROKEE ROAD IN OROVILLE

July 24, 2018

LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA GROW LOCATED ON CHEROKEE ROAD IN OROVILLE

Oroville, Ca-- On July 23rd, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 3800 block of Cherokee Road in Oroville after an aerial overflight revealed a large scale commercial marijuana grow on the property.

Three people were located in the home; Beatriz Farias-Hernandez, age 33 of Michoacán, Mexico, Ascari Farias-Aparicio, age 44, of Michoacan, Mexico and Custodio Quiroz, age 35. Located in a camp in the commercial marijuana grow was Agustin Cortez-Lopez, age 41, of Mexico.

A total of 1,407 marijuana plants was eradicated from the property as well as 16 pounds of processed marijuana bud. Carbofuran, an organophosphate banned in the United States for its high toxicity level, was located at the cultivation site and removed by Haz-Mat personnel.

This case is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 /Number of views (186) /Categories: Press Release
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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 (152) /Categories: Press Release
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