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Olivehurst man sentenced for trafficking meth

A Yuba County man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced June 3 to nearly three years in prison on drug and firearm charges, although he will likely do his time in the Colusa County Jail, due to the state’s current policies on COVID-19.

Michael Thomas Anderson, 47, of Olivehurst, was facing more than a decade behind bars after the Colusa County Narcotics Task Force arrested him on Market Street, in Colusa, on Sept. 24, 2019 for possessing and transporting a controlled substance for sale, carrying a concealed weapon on his person in a vehicle, being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, and other felony charges.

Anderson was arrested after a Colusa Police Officer initiated a traffic stop at 3 AM at the corner of 5th and Market streets, on Sept. 24, 2019, and called in the Task Force to conduct a search of the vehicle.

Anderson was reportedly in possession of 9.06 grams of methamphetamine in a zip lock bag, and 6.46 grams of methamphetamine in a baggy, which he carried on his person, said Colusa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Ruiz. The Task Force also recovered a .38 Special Derringer pistol, two .38 caliber bullets, and a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine.

Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell, in a plea offer given to Anderson, gave him credit for resolving his case early. Farrell requested the mid-term penalty of two years, eight months, after Anderson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a firearm by a felon, in a deal that dismissed four other serious charges.

Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson accepted the plea offer, but said Anderson was a habitual criminal that has engaged in increasingly serious criminal behavior over the course of his life.

Although this was Anderson’s first conviction in Colusa County, he has had a number of encounters with law enforcement in his home county, dating back to 1993, court records indicate. In 2005, Anderson was sentenced to state prison after being convicted of possessing chemicals used to make methamphetamine, along with a special allegation of having a prior felony, in a plea deal that dismissed charges relating to manufacturing a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and a number of special allegations that would have kept him behind bars for a considerable amount of time.

In 2013, Anderson once again pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance, and was placed on probation.

In 2017, Anderson was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in a plea deal with the Yuba County District Attorney that dismissed charges of burglary, auto theft, destroying evidence, and two special allegations of prior drug convictions.

Less than six months after the Colusa County arrest, Anderson, while out on bail, was arrested for possession of drugs for sale in Yuba County. That case is still open in Yuba County Superior Court.

Following his sentencing on June 3, Anderson, who had been out on bail, was placed in handcuffs by the courtroom bailiff and transported to the Colusa County Jail to serve out his sentence, as the California Department of Corrections has chosen not to accept state prison commitments until after the coronavirus threat. ■

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