A Chico couple faces federal charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Butte and Shasta counties.
A federal grand jury on Dec. 21 returned a six-count indictment charging Curtis Dale Sawyer, 52, and Ann Marie Vance, 49, with conspiring to possess and possessing methamphetamine for distribution, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Vance also was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
On Dec. 7, law enforcement officers stopped Sawyer as he was driving northbound on Interstate 5 in Shasta County. After a dog trained to detect narcotics alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs, a search of the vehicle turned up more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine, the news release said.
Officers then searched the home Sawyer shared with Vance, where they found more methamphetamine and $106,634 in cash. They found an additional 8.3 pounds of methamphetamine in a car Vance was driving near the home, the news release said, and a subsequent search of a storage unit connected to Vance yielded methamphetamine, cash and five firearms. Vance is prohibited by law from possessing guns, according to the news release.
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The case resulted from an investigation by the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.