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.

Berry Creek Drug Arrest

RELEASED BY: Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Sergeant Sam Burnett

Berry Creek, CA- On July 16, 2018 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call of a suspicious vehicle near the 13000 block of Oro Quincy Highway north of the Berry Creek area. Deputy Demmers responded and contacted the lone occupant of the vehicle who was identified as 38 year-old Jay White from Lake Tahoe. White was contacted by Deputy Demmers who subsequently conducted a search of White’s vehicle. Deputy Demmers located a large amount of narcotics that were preliminarily identified as approximately 1 pound of cocaine, what appeared to be several thousand ecstasy pills, approximately 3 pounds of powdered MDMA, approximately 2 pounds of Ketamine, Psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, marijuana, a handgun, and over $16,000.00 in currency. Because of the large amount of narcotics, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) responded to take over the investigation. Due to the large amount of substances seized, the amounts listed are preliminary estimates and some of the drugs will need lab analysis to confirm what they are. White was placed under arrest for possession for sale of several different controlled substances, being armed in the commission of a felony and possession of several controlled substances. White was booked into the Butte County Jail and is being held on $371,000.00 bail. Additional charges may be added at the completion of the investigation.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (301) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Shooting Investigation

Oroville, CA- On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at approximately 6:50 a.m., The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of shots fired in a driveway at a home on Feathervale Drive in Oroville. BCSO Deputies responded to the scene and located a white Ford pickup truck crashed in a ditch near the residence. It was determined the truck was associated with one of the suspects related to the shooting. After further investigation, Deputies determined prior to the shooting, two men showed up to the residence and started a verbal argument with the homeowner. One of the men was armed with a gun, and one was armed with a knife. Witnesses on scene indicated during the verbal argument between the male suspects and the homeowner, the victim and his brother also arrived to the scene and became involved in the argument. The victim was then shot in the leg and transported to the hospital by his brother. His injuries are not life threatening.
The suspects fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival. Deputies believe they know the identity of the suspects, and are actively searching for them. It is believed the suspects were known the victim and the shooting could be related to illegal activity. Anyone with information is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (155) /Categories: Press Release
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Hundreds of Marijuana Plants Eradicated by BCSO Special Enforcement Unit

Rackerby, CA- On July 16th, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on a rural property in the 1540 block of Robinson Mill Road, Rackerby.

A search of the property revealed an illegal camp, which contained a firearm, a clandestine marijuana drying and processing area, and 569 marijuana plants weighing 2,900 net pounds. This marijuana grow site was a commercial operation in violation of California state law and Butte County Measure A.

A search of the area for suspects revealed negative results, however, a stolen boat trailer and boat were located on the property and recovered. Both the boat trailer and boat are owned by the same person and both were returned to the rightful owner later that day.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 /Number of views (152) /Categories: Press Release
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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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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440




Saturday, July 14, 2018 /Number of views (197) /Categories: Press Release
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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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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
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