Yuba County sheriff convicted on drug trafficking

A former Yuba County sheriff, Northern California convicted on drug trafficking 220 pounds of marijuana as part of a cross-country drug ring.

A former Yuba County sheriff, Northern California convicted on drug trafficking 220 pounds of marijuana as part of a cross-country drug ring.

The Jury in Harrisburg, Pa, returned the guilty verdict in the two-day drug trafficking and money laundering trial of  a former Yuba County sheriff Christopher Mark Heath, who used to work in the sheriff’s office when he was arrested in 2015, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Federal agents accused Christopher M. Heath and his co-conspirators of the scheme that allowed over two hundreds pounds of marijuana shipped from California to Pennsylvania and Florida. Christopher Heath and his business partners started growing weed in Oroville, CA at the beginning of fall 2014. They worked with some connections at a U.S. Postal Service office in Oroville, CA to ship the marijuana to the East Coast without law enforcement hindrance, according to the U.S. District Court documents.

The packages with marijuana they sent to mailboxes which rented before in Hanover, PA. Heath and his partners had also rented mailboxes in Bangor, CA, where the cash to buy more weed was sent as well as profit from drug sales. Federal authorities believe about $500, 000 in profit on drug trafficking they sent to Oroville, California.

A former sheriff of the Yuba County, Northern California convicted on drug trafficking 220 pounds of marijuana as part of a cross-country drug ring.

Christopher Heath with two men drove two days in different vehicles from California to Pennsylvania to deliver marijuana to the customer in York County, PA. Carrying a loaded Glock firearm and his deputy sheriff’s badge, Heath transported 165 packages of marijuana in his truck Ford F-250.

The whole drug scheme continued for over a year until Heath, and his business partners eventually got captured by the York County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania Police Department in December 2015. When Heath and his business partners arrived in Pennsylvania to deliver the marijuana, they met with the federal agents of a Drug Task Force.

Additional Heath is facing firearm charges in Butte County, according to the court documents.