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Murder investigation leads to drug trafficking, child porn arrests

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has shared information about a murder investigation after a man was shot and killed in Oroville on Dec. 21.

Posted: Jan 7, 2020 3:54 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2020 9:50 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office has shared information about a murder investigation after a man was shot and killed in Oroville on Dec. 21.

On that day, deputies responded to a report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound at a home located in the 700 block of Craig Access Road in Oroville.

Deputies said upon arrival they determined the male was dead. He was identified as 27-year-old Jacob McArthur.

Through investigation, detectives said they suspected the murder was directly related to the illegal sales of marijuana.

Detectives identified a large drug trafficking organization, and at this point believe suspects participating in the drug trafficking organization were responsible for the murder of McArthur.

Over the past two weeks, detectives have served search warrants at 13 homes in Butte County.

39-year-old Shaina Burnette, of Chico, was determined to be the leader of the drug trafficking organization, according to detectives.

During one of the search warrants in Concow, detectives located electronic devices. While they were processing evidence, child pornography was located on one of the devices belonging to 30-year-old Christopher Mack, of Concow.

Detectives said they obtained another search warrant and additional electronics.

As a result of the search warrants, numerous evidence items were located including: Approximately 3,300 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale. Approximately 10 firearms, $140,000 in U.S. currency, $30,000 in silver coins, numerous cell phones, computers. A generator and vehicle that was purchased with the proceeds from narcotics trafficking. The United States currency and silver coins were also determined to be proceeds from narcotics trafficking, detectives said.

The following people have been arrested:

  • Dylan Rice of Chico, age 25 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.
  • Shaina Burnette of Chico, age 39 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.
  • Morgan Karno of Chico, age 52 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.
  • Christopher Mack of Concow, age 30 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of an assault weapon, being armed while committing a felony, possession of marijuana for sale, illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of child pornography.
  • Monique Bird of Chico, age 53 was arrested for child endangerment, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.
  • Gabriel Bacon of Oroville, age 43 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.


Action News Now had not heard about this investigation until we inquired about it.

Butte County Sheriff’s Office said: “To protect the integrity of the investigation, a press release was not done until Detectives finished executing search warrants related to the murder. Detectives also had to finish the child pornography investigation, and ensure two juveniles contacted during the investigation were not victims of child pornography prior to issuing a press release.”

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