Thursday, February 25, 2021

Task Force, local agencies make eight drug-related arrests in two days, place six children in CPS custody

Over the course of two days last week, the Colusa County Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies arrested a total of eight people in Arbuckle on suspicion of drug-related charges, placed six children in the custody of Colusa County Child Protective Services, and solved a recent burglary case.

The first five arrests came on Feb. 2, when the Colusa County Task Force served multiple search warrants in Colusa County, including three in the community of Arbuckle.

During the searches in Arbuckle, the Task Force located undisclosed amounts of methampetamine, narcotic paraphernalia, and items indicative of sales, including “scales, bags and other items that show proof of selling either meth or other narcotics,” Colusa County Sheriff’s and Task Force Sgt. Michael Bradwell said.

In addition to the arrests, the Task Force initiated drug endangered children cases for a total of six children at two locations. The children were turned over to Colusa County Child Protective Services (CPS).

“Whenever we detain a kid for a drug endangered children case, it’s because they are in the near-vicinity of illegal narcotics,” Bradwell said. “That means that they have access to those narcotics, whether that’s the act of smoking (a controlled substance) around them, or having something on the counter that they can grab.”

Bradwell added that CPS would be conducting their own follow-up.

One of the search warrants in Arbuckle was served at a house located on Eddy Street, where the Task Force arrested Samantha Renee Allread, 19, and Travis Lovell Weatherly, 26. Both Allread and Weatherly reside at the house, according to the booking report from the Colusa County Jail. Allread and Weatherly were each arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia – both misdemeanor charges. Allread’s bail was set at $5,000. Weatherly was also arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy – a felony – and his bail was set at $20,000. Both were booked into Colusa County Jail.

A second search warrant served at a home on Peerless Avenue resulted in the arrest of Joel Villanueva, 36, on suspicion of possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Villanueva was booked into Colusa County Jail and his bail was set at $1,000.

The third search warrant was served on the 400-block of Hall Street in Arbuckle, where Saul Alonzo Anguiano Carmona, 34, and Vanessa Aileen Saavedra, 36, were arrested and booked on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and felony child endangerment. Each had their bail set at $50,000.

Following the search warrants and subsequent arrests, Task Force officers observed Jose Orduna, 22, of Colusa, driving in the wrong direction on an Interstate 5 off-ramp in Arbuckle. The Task Force located anabolic steroids and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, which led to Orduna’s arrest. He was booked into Colusa County Jail and his bail was set at $5,000.

On Feb. 3, the Task Force conducted parole searches on Joseph Coutee, 30, and Myles Bill, 24, both of Arbuckle, and arrested both on suspicion of being in possession of heroin, as well as items indicative of sales.

“We followed up for the warrants, continuing our investigation, and conducted a parole search the following day. We arrested two subjects on those charges,” Bradwell said.

Coutee was also allegedly found in possession of stolen property from a recent burglary.

The stolen property, consisting of a digital camera, digital recorder, and other electronics, was confirmed to have been taken during a recent burglary in the Arbuckle area, Bradwell said.

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.

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