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Chico man sentenced to prison in drug trafficking, firearms case

A Butte County man has been sentenced to six years and five months in federal prison for firearms and drug offenses.

Michael Bertolini, 44, of Chico, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug trafficking, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Bertolini was stopped by law enforcement officers in Chico on June 14, 2014, for driving with a loud car radio system. During the stop, an agitated and animated Bertolini emerged from the vehicle, then turned an fled, authorities said. Bertolini was caught following a foot pursuit.

In searching Bertolini and his vehicle, officers found heroin packaged for distribution, as well as a fully loaded Smith and Wesson .32-caliber revolver. During a later search of Bertolini’s residence, additional heroin and trafficking paraphernalia were found along, with another gun, a Ceska Zbrojovka, 7.62 mm, semi-automatic pistol, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the Chico Police Department and the Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force.