CHP stop leads to large drug bust


A vehicle stop for excessive speeding on Jan. 10 led to the discovery of large amounts of suspected LSD, as well 406 capsules and an additional 63.47 grams of what Colusa County Task Force agents believe was MDMA.

A California Highway Patrol officer made the initial stop, and upon contacting the three passengers – Johnathan Brannon, 23, of Sheep Ranch; Jesse Oscar Estrada, 21, of Madison; and Jaspreet Singh, 21, of Antelope – the officer observed a firearm of the passenger-side floorboard of the vehicle, Colusa County Sheriff’s Sgt. and Colusa County Task Force agent Michael Bradwell said.

“At that point, the Task Force was called in to assist and took over the case,” he added.

When Task Force agents arrived on scene, they conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered the drugs, as well as scales and $2,000 in cash. Through further investigation, they determined that the firearm on the floorboard was a stolen Glock handgun with a defaced serial number, which was accompanied by an illegal, 30-round high-capacity magazine.

Bradwell said the amount and type of drugs found in the car were out of the ordinary, in his experience.

“It’s amazing. I’ve never seen that much driving down the road,” he said.

The three men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale; transport of a controlled substance with the intent to sell; carrying a loaded, stolen firearm in public; possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s mark, possession of a controlled specified substance and a loaded firearm, and receiving stolen property – all felonies. Each was also charged with simple possession of a controlled substance – a misdemeanor.■

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.