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Grand jury indicts ten for dealing meth at local casino; two still at large
Reprinted with Permission from Oroville Mercury Register
August 12, 2005
BY PAULA M. FELIPE/Public Safety Reporter
Ten people who were recorded on video surveillance cameras at Feather Falls Casino, have been indicted by the Butte County grand jury for dealing methamphetamine inside of the casino. Eight arrests have been made, and two suspects are still at large.
At a press conference Thursday at the District Attorney's Office, representatives from Feather Falls Casino, Tribal Chairman Gary Archuleta and Casino Manager Randy Carter, joined District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff, and Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force Commander Keith Krampitz in announcing the indictments. They also explained how they initiated the undercover operation and worked in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.
The grand jury returned the indictments last week after hearing the results of a several month-long investigation involving BINTF, the California Department of Justice Division of Gaming Control, and Feather Falls Casino Security. Ramsey explained this undercover buy program with the Division of Gaming Control was the first in the state with the cooperation of a local tribal government.
Archuleta explained, "Our objective is to keep the casino from becoming a place where criminal activity takes place. We want to make it safe for our patrons. We have zero tolerance for drug dealing in the casino and we are taking proactive steps to not allow it to become established. The Rancheria is also a residential area where we live and we want to keep it clean and safe from drug dealing."
Ramsey remarked, "The level of cooperation from the casino management and tribal council was impressive. They asked for this investigation to stop what they saw as a problem of methamphetamine dealing on the tribal property. They were very clear that they have a no tolerance' stance towards drugs on their properties. They are definitely community-minded in their dedication to ridding our community of the scourge of methamphetamine and should be congratulated."
The latest in audio/visual technology was used to record undercover buys from the suspects. Undercover agents from the Division of Gaming arranged to buy small quantities of methamphetamine from each of the suspects while inside the Feather Falls Casino. Ramsey said the casino security cameras were used with great effectiveness to capture many of the buys.
Carter explained, "Our security system is world-class and protects our customers and assets. The message we are sending is that we are watching out for criminal activity and if you are dealing drugs on our property, the chance is that you'll be arrested. We are being proactive and the undercover agents do their jobs without bothering our guests."
Ramsey thanked the grand jury for their time in listening to the criminal evidence and returning indictments. "The grand jury took its job very seriously and dedicated substantial time to carefully consider all the evidence. By their work, we have saved substantial time in processing these cases through the courts."
Eight of the ten indicted for dealing meth in the casino have been arrested, and the two suspects still at large are: Kimberly Sue Hendrix, also known as Blazewick, 25, of Oroville. She is 5'4" and weighs 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Also being sought is Kurt Jeffrey Dewart, 39, of Yuba City. He is 5'7" and weighs 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has information about these suspects, call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 530-538-7321.
Grand Jury indicts 10 people for dealing meth in Feather Falls Casino
Ashley Rose Crumb, 23, of Oroville is charged with maintaining a place for the sale of a controlled substance and possession for sale of controlled substance.
Daniel James Nott, 30, of Oroville is charged with maintaining a place for the sale of a controlled substance and possession for sale of controlled substance.
STILL AT LARGE: Kurt Jeffrey Dewart, 39, of Yuba City, is charged with selling a controlled substance.
Lawrence Van Riley, 53, of Oroville, is charged with selling a controlled substance.
John David Watson, 40, of Oroville, is charged with three counts of selling a controlled substance.
Christina Lynn Orman, 33, of Oroville, is charged with selling a controlled substance.
STILL AT LARGE: Kimberly Sue Hendrix, 35, also known as Blazewick, of Oroville, is charged with selling a controlled substance and possession for sale of controlled substance.
Jeffrey Charles Barker, 48, of Oroville is charged with selling a controlled substance.
Steven D. Robinson, 26, of Chico, is charged with two counts of selling a controlled substance.
Lisa Deborah Bressoud, 41, of Grass Valley, is charged with selling a controlled substance.
If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Kimberly Sue Hendrix, 35, (aka Blazewick), of Oroville or Kurt Jeffrey Dewart, 39, of Yuba City, call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at: 530-538-7321.