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.

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 (243) /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 (260) /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 (210) /Categories: Press Release
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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 (375) /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 (209) /Categories: Press Release
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