B.I.N.T.F. Commander says drug sales hijacked FADE app, lead to sting operation

Nov 4, 2014 6:29 PM by Brian Johnson

Blatant solicitations and offerings for illegal drugs on the popular college app known as Fade has landed six young men in the Butte County Jail.

Officers from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (B.I.N.T.F.) arrested six men, ranging in age from 18 to 22.

The arrests included two Chico State students, two Butte College students, and half of the arrests were for the sale of marijuana.

A B.I.N.T.F. Commander says small-time busts like this are often a piece of a larger puzzle.

"We work small operations all the way up to literally international rings," said the commander. "People see a bottom-level purchase but it leads to other things."

Chico State students Action News Now spoke with on campus today showed no sympathy for the men arrested.

"I really don't feel that bad about it," said Senior Tanner Bloom. "If you're going to put your illegal activities on an app where everyone can see you, you can't expect to not get caught doing that. So I guess in a way they just had it coming."

Junior Courtney Whitfield wasn't surprised to hear about the sting operation.

"At the same time you're kind of stupid for putting yourself out there, in my opinion," Whitfield said.
The man armed with a firearm was a Berkeley resident and had his bail set at $63,000 dollars.

There was also an Orland resident arrested for the sale of MDMA.


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