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Over $70,000 worth of controlled substances seized in Butte Co. undercover operation

Photo courtesy of the Butte County Sheriff's Office

Over $70,000 worth of controlled substances was seized in an undercover operation done by the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force and the United States Homeland Security in Butte County Wednesday.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Butte County Sheriff's Office Designated Area Deputy Unit, the Butte County Sheriff's Office IMPACT Unit and the Gridley Police Department, the undercover operation was conducted in the Gridley area.

As a result of the undercover operation, search warrants were served at three locations in Butte County. The 0-100 block of Watt Lane, the 100 block of Sheldon Avenue, and the 100 block of Little Ranch Road in Oroville.

As a result of the operation, 10.21 pounds of methamphetamine, over half a pound of heroin, $9,432 in cash, .42 grams of cocaine, and two firearms were seized.

The approximate street value of all of the controlled substances is $71,478.

Officials said this seizure was the result of an investigation associated to methamphetamine being imported from Mexico into Butte County. The vast majority of the methamphetamine and heroin being consumed in California comes from drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.

As a result of the investigation, Noe Gandarasoto, 30, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale and child endangerment. Gandarasoto is being held on a $425,000 bail.

Henry Reynoso, 21, was also arrested for transportation of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He is being held on a $153,000 bail.

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