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Butte Co. Sheriff's Office Releases Info on Early October Oroville Pot Cultivation Arrest

Under a thousand marijuana plants were discovered by the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit in early October, 2018.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 5:07 PM
Updated: Oct. 12, 2018 10:07 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County Sheriff's Office officials have released information about arrests for cultivation of cannabis, and other drug-related offenses that occurred on Oct. 1, on the 100 block of Lumpkin Road in Oroville.

At that time the Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at the location. They discovered 963 marijuana plants, 38.55 pounds of processed marijuana, three firearms and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine.

They arrested Sompone Buphaphan, 57, of Fresno, Mirinda Sanavongxay, 38, of San Diego, and Fouchoy Saephan, 39, of Fresno, for various drug-related crimes including growing cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale, and possession of methamphetamine.

Sompone and Mirinda were also arrested for being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition. All of the drug offenses were misdemeanors, but the firearm and ammunition charges are felonies. 

During the service of the search warrant Yolando Andrea, 46, of Oroville, was also detained.

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