Butte Co. Deputies recover stolen shotgun, drugs in traffic stop

Jan 21, 2014 11:30 AM

Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered a shotgun previously reported stolen from a residential burglary in Gridley during a traffic stop Sunday night. Along with the firearm deputies also located suspected methamphetamine and marijuana hash oil inside the car.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1994 Honda Coup near the intersection of Claremont Drive and Lower Wyandotte Avenue in Oroville just after 10 p.m. Sunday night. Deputies approached the driver, identified by the Sheriff’s Office as 26-year-old Jose Florendino Garcia of Gridley. During the traffic stop Service Dog “Sig” conducted a sniff around the car and alerted deputies to the smell of drugs in the car. When deputies searched the car they located what they suspect to be meth and marijuana hash oil.

After discovering the narcotics deputies also found 24 unspent shotgun shells and a Mossberg 12-guage shotgun concealed inside the back seat of the car. The serial number on the shotgun matched the serial number of a firearm reported stolen from a home in Gridley.

Butte County Sheriff Media Liason Miranda Bowersox stated today Garcia didn't have any current warrants out for his arrest but does have an extensive arrest record, including previous arrests for drug, traffic, DUI, and weapon charges.

Garcia was arrested on numerous weapon and drug charges and booked into the Butte County Jail. His bail is currently set at $135,000.


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