Large amount of illegal drugs found during search of inmate housing unit at Butte County Jail

Butte County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating inmates after a large amount of illegal drugs was found during a search of the inmate housing unit at the Butte County Jail on Friday.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 11:37 AM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 11:43 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. – Butte County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating inmates after a large amount of illegal drugs was found during a search of the inmate housing unit at the Butte County Jail on Friday.

On Friday, Oct. 23, around 9:15 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s correctional deputies conducted a random search of inmate housing units to locate contraband and inmate-made weapons. As part of those searches, BCSO says correctional deputies conduct a pat-down search of the inmates to make sure they are not in possession of weapons or drugs.

During a pat-search of 39-year-old David Weston, deputies said they found 9.7 grams of black tar heroin, 12 packages of Suboxone strips, and multiple unknown crushed pills.

Weston was recently remanded into custody during a court appearance. According to BCSO, Weston knew he was likely to return into custody ahead of time. BCSO said it believes that he smuggled the narcotics into the jail by hiding it inside his body.

Weston was arrested by deputies and booked for illegal transportation for sale of a controlled substance. He was also booked for illegal sales of narcotics, when it was determined that he was furnishing the narcotics to other inmates in exchange for money being deposited upon his inmate account, according to BCSO.

During the search of the housing unit, deputies also located about three gallons of “pruno,” which is an alcoholic beverage commonly made by inmates using food items they obtain from the meals they are served. Additionally, a three-inch bolt with a sharpened paperclip affixed to the end was located. BCSO said it is likely this item was being used to apply tattoos.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is conducting further investigation to determine which inmates were responsible for those items.

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