Supervisor aids sheriff

Drugs found after supervisor reports possible illegal dumper

A tip from a Butte County supervisor about potential illegal dumping led to a drug arrest Tuesday (Oct. 3), according to a post on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

At about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Supervisor Larry Wahl, whose District 2 includes Chico and the surrounding area, was meeting with preservation group Respect the Walls on Old Humboldt Road near Hog Springs. A member of the group spotted a truck full of furniture and appliances that looked suspiciously like its driver—later identified as James Halstead—was preparing to illegally dump.

Wahl alerted the BCSO, and three deputies arrived at the scene. Halstead was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license, according to BCSO spokeswoman Megan McMann.