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Another arrest has been made by the Butte County Sheriff Deputies related to the Canada murder suspect that was arrested on Dec. 2.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 3:46 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2019 3:59 PM

UPDATE 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Authorities are accusing a Gridley man of hiding one of British Columbia’s most wanted fugitives in a 2008 killing.

Deputies said 40-year-old Sam Koh of Gridley was suspected of harboring Brandon Teixeira prior to his arrest that was made on Dec. 1. Detectives said they received new information that Koh was possibly assisting Teixeira with illegal distribution of narcotics and marijuana.

On Dec. 6, detectives said they served search warrants at two of Koh's residences. One residence was located in the 500 block of Macedo Road in Gridley. The second home was located in Loma Rica, according to detectives. 

Detectives added that during the search warrants, they located additional evidence items including multiple firearms and additional marijuana. The evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation and sales were also located. After the search warrants, detectives located Koh in the Sacramento area where he was arrested.

Koh was booked into the Butte County Jail for maintaining residences for illegally selling narcotics and marijuana, harboring a wanted fugitive, illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday.


UPDATE 3:51 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - New details on the Canadian man, 28-year-old Brandon Teixeira who was arrested Sunday in an Oroville home after he rammed his vehicle into a sheriff’s armored van while trying to escape.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he will not pursue drug charges for the 26 pounds of heroin and thousands of prescription opioids found on Teixeira.

"Hypothetically, if we were to bring drug charges, then he would have the ability to stay here and weed out the process," Ramsey said.

Ramsey told Action News Now, he's going to allow the extradition to carry out and let Canadian prosecutors move forward with murder charges.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports Teixeira is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of 28-year-old Nicolas Khabra.

Teixeira, totally shackled in a federal court in Sacramento, told his attorney he wants to be returned to Canada as soon as possible.

Teixeira is in federal custody pending his extradition that is set for Dec. 23.

Action News Now also reached out to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, who said he thinks Teixeira had been hiding out in Oroville for about a year. He said he hasn't determined why Teixeira came to Oroville. 

Sheriff Honea believes the only crimes, Teixeira committed in Oroville was drug trafficking. He added, the arrest was an interagency collaboration between not just the U.S. Marshal's office but also other northern California law enforcement agencies, including the Chico and Tehama County swat teams.


OROVILLE, Calif. - Monday the Butte County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of British Columbia's most wanted fugitive.

The Arrest was the culmination of an investigation that began on Nov. 29 when the United States Marshal's office contacted the Butte County Sheriff's Office with information that 28-year-old Brandon Texiera, who is wanted for homicide in Canada, maybe in the Oroville area, according to deputies.

The Sheriff's office designated area deputies and detectives who immediately began assisting the U.S. Marshal's office with the investigation. The Deputies said they soon determined that Texeira had been residing at a residence in the 100 block of Weedy Way in Oroville.

On Nov. 30, Sheriff's obtained a search warrant for the Weedy Way Residence and began conducting on-going surveillance. On the morning of Dec 1, The Butte County Swat team, Butte County Detectives, U.S. Marshals, and members of the Chico Police department and Tehama County's Swat teams served the search warrant.  

Texeira and a male later identified as 30-year-old Jeff Guerrier, of New York, exited the residence after several minutes and refusing to comply with the Sheriff's Office orders, got into a vehicle on the property in an attempt to escape, deputies said.

The suspect then tried to escape by ramming his vehicle into multiple Butte County Sherriff's Office vehicles. The Sherriff's office then used another armored vehicle to disable the vehicle Texeira was in, at this time he exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

Butte County Sheriff's were, however, able to take Texeira into custody using a K-9 unit.

U.S. Marshal's have now taken custody of Texeira pending extradition hearings, deputies said. 

During the service of the search warrant, Butte County personnel located approximately 26 pounds of heroin, over 1,000 OxyContin and Percocet pills, and an estimated 40 pounds of Marijuana. The Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force was called in to collect the narcotics. 

Teixeira's accomplice Guerrier has been booked on the following charges: Harboring and concealing a wanted felon, possession of heroin for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale. Detectives are conducting a follow-up on the narcotics investigation. 

Both the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the Butte Interagency Narcotics task Force will be cooperating with the Butte County District Attorney's office and the U.S. Marshal's office regarding any local, state, and federal charges against Texeira.

The Sheriff's office said they are asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeant's Pat McNeils or Sam Burnett at 530-538-7671.

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