Sheriff's Deputy from California held with Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on January 05, 2016.

Christopher M. Heath, 37, the Deputy Sheriff in Yuba County in Northern California and another man, Tyler Long, 31, were arrested with 122 packages of marijuana, while they were trying to deliver the same to a person in West Manheim Township, Pa. The arrest took place on December 28. In addition to the marijuana and $11,000 in cash, Deputy Heath's badge and his duty firearm, were seized by the cops. Ryan Jay Falsone, 27, was the third person to be arrested in this case.

The Pennsylvania officers, who arrested Heath, were shocked to learn that he worked in law enforcement. Details about the drug bust and arrests were made public on Monday and the local newspapers too reported it. Tom Kearney, the York County district attorney, confirmed the news and expressed deep anguish that protector of the law was found breaking it.

The marijuana packages recovered from Heath and his accomplice, altogether weighed more than 240 pounds and had a street value of over $2 million.

Deputy Heath had worked for three years on a task force known as NET-5, which targets illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing and sales in Yuba County. He was part of Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Marijuana growing has been a controversial issue in Yuba County. Earlier in 2015, the country board of supervisors had put restrictions on cultivation, drawing huge protests.

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