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Investigators in Oroville locate pill lab and illegal assault rifle during search warrant

Authorities arrested one man Tuesday after a search warrant revealed a pill lab and an illegal assault weapon.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 5:33 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 8:42 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. – Authorities arrested one man Tuesday after a search warrant revealed a pill lab and an illegal assault weapon.

On Jan. 12, 2021, Detectives from Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) with assistance from Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant on the 1400 block of 21st street in Oroville.

The premise where Alex Herrera, 41, was found in was searched and detectives say they found firearms, one being an illegal assault weapon, a pill press, and items used to produce counterfeit pills like Oxycodone and other miscellaneous pills.

Herrera was put under arrest for possession of an opiate for sales, possession of an illegal assault rifle, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, armed in the commission of a felon, and a felony warrant for his arrest for a past Butte County Sheriff’s Office vandalism case, according to BCSO.

Herrera is being held at Butt County Jail with a bail amount of $143,000.

Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force wants to remind people that fentanyl, the drug commonly used to make counterfeit pills can cause an overdose in small amounts. The lack of measurements used in these operations means a chance of a lethal amount of fentanyl is very high.

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