3 Oroville businesses facing penalties after drug sting

May 12, 2015 7:08 PM by News Staff

Three Oroville businesses are in trouble with law enforcement after undercover agents discovered evidence of illegal drug activity at each.

Oroville police along with California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents arrested Oroville residents James Godfrey, 39, and Brittney Belanger, 24, outside the Zoo, an Oroville nightclub on Baldwin Avenue last Friday.

Godfrey, a manager at the Zoo, was arrested for possession of cocaine and maintaining a business for the sale of controlled substances. Belanger was arrested for selling cocaine to undercover officers on more than one occasion.

Oroville Police Chief Bill Lagrone said in a news release, "We're sending a message that illegal drug sales are not welcome here and we will arrest those who are involved in this activity." The ABC will move forward with disciplinary action against the Zoo's liquor license.

In addition to the two arrests, Jessica's Market, on Myers Street and Jerry's Market, on Oroville-Quincy Highway have received a 20-day liquor license suspension for selling illegal drug paraphernalia.

The license suspensions are the result of undercover investigations by Oroville police and ABC agents, who found both stores deliberately sold devices that could be used for smoking methamphetamine.

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