Search warrants nab three in Yuba County drug officer investigation

Jan 8, 2016 8:40 PM by David McVicker

Butte County Sheriffs executed search warrants Thursday on various locations known to be frequented by individuals they suspected to be involved with the marijuana trafficking arrest of Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy and narcotics enforcement officer Christopher Mark Heath.

An interagency taskforce, including law enforcement officers from Butte and Sutter Counties as well as federal investigators from the United States Postal Inspectors office, served search warrants on the residences of Falsone, Long and Heath.

During the search of several locations, including a winery business owned and operated by Heath and his wife Tatum Heath, investigators found and seized two illegal assault rifles allegedly owned by Christopher and Tatum Heath.

Another residences searched belonging to Ramona Long, investigators located and seized more than 130 pounds of processed marijuana.

Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement searched five locations belonging to the suspects.

Long was arrested and charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and booked in to Butte County Jail. She was subsequently released after posting bond of $100,000.

Tatum Heath was also arrested and booked into Butte County Jail facing charges of possessing an illegal firearm. She was subsequently released as posting $15,000 bond.

Christopher Heath was arrested by officers on charges of possession of an illegal firearm and booked in to Butte County Jail. Prosecutors requested that Christopher Heaths bail be enhanced because he is currently on bond in York County. His bail was set at $1,000,000.

The Butte County District Attorney and Butte Interagency Taskforce are currently working in conjunction with law enforcement in York County to pursue additional leads.

Christopher Heath was arrested initially Dec. 29 in York County, PA along with Tyler Long and Ryan Falsone, both residents of Butte County, with more than 250 pounds of processed marijuana.

Details of the arrest are still being investigated and those involved in the investigation said they are waiting to release any further information.

Heath was released from the York County jail on bond and Yuba County placed the deputy on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Heath has been a sheriff with Yuba County since 2007, where he was promoted from correctional officer.


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