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Former Calif. deputy sheriff convicted in multi-state drug trafficking ring

May 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Calif. deputy sheriff convicted in multi-state drug trafficking ring

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A former deputy sheriff in California was found guilty of federal firearms and drug trafficking offenses on Wednesday.

Christopher Mark Heath, a former Yuba County deputy sheriff, was convicted of participating in a drug trafficking group that transported hundreds of pounds of marijuana between North Carolina, Florida and York County, Pennlive.com reported.

The 38-year-old was found guilty after a two-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation, a press release from U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler’s office revealed.

Starting in September 2014, Heath and his co-defendants planted marijuana on a property in Oroville, California. They then transported the drugs using the U.S. Postal Service to several areas, including Hanover, Lancaster, and York.

In December 2015, Health and his co-conspirators traveled from California to York County in two cars with 89.5 kilos of marijuana, with an estimated value of $500,000. Heath was caught with the marijuana in his vehicle, along with a loaded Glock and his deputy sheriff’s badge. They were taken into custody by the York County Drug Task Force and Penn Township police.

Heath’s co-defendants have already accepted a plea deal. He left his job as a narcotics investigator with the Yuba County sheriff’s office.

The man was found guilty of possessing a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking, conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to manufacture and distribute 100 kilos or more of marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering, manufacture, and possession with intent to manufacture. He is facing life behind bars for the most serious charge.

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