Drug dealer sentenced 


An on again, off again Williams woman with a long criminal history was sentenced to two years in the Colusa County Jail for possessing methamphetamine for sale and two years for having documents for the purpose of identity theft for financial gain after pleading no contest to the crimes. 

The two sentences will run concurrently, said Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson. 

Judge Thompson said Charlene Rose Castaneda, 36, originally from Yuba City, shows no remorse for her long history of drug and theft-related crimes, which date back more than a decade, and that Castaneda has a “blatant disregard for the laws of the land.” 

Castaneda was arrested Oct. 9 by the Williams Police Department following a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Sammy James Cruz Roberto, who was similarly charged. During the investigation, in which Castaneda initially gave officers a fake name, officers discovered a California ID card with her photo, three baggies containing methamphetamine, a digital scale, and numerous documents and bank records not belonging to her or Roberto inside the vehicle, court records indicate. 

The Colusa County Narcotics Task Force continued the investigation into the couple, which led them to a motel in Williams, where additional bags of methamphetamine, baggies, another scale, and a Kodac mini printer for reproducing documents were discovered. 

Court records indicate Castaneda has five prior felony convictions, and had been arrested on numerous charges including embezzlement, drug possession, and identity theft in Yuba County and shoplifting in Colusa County. 

Thompson said that Castaneda has increasingly criminal behavior and that probation in lieu of jail has shown to be ineffective in the past. 

Castaneda, who has been in jail since her arrest, will be given credit for time already served. Roberto, who was also charged with possessing a controlled substance for sale and identity theft, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

He is scheduled to appear in Colusa County Court on Feb. 26 for setting of trial. ■

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net