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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Cal Fire battalion chief accused of drug offense?

Q: What was the outcome on Cal Fire Battalion chief RJ Wright of the Auburn area, who was arrested at a Roseville motel, accused of buying drugs? Did he get fired, quit or retire from Cal Fire, and did he get convicted of any drug crimes?

Michael, Loomis

A: Ronald Raymond Wright, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, was arrested Sept. 30, 2013, in Roseville on suspicion of transporting methamphetamine.

He is awaiting trial in Placer County Superior Court. Online court records show that Wright is scheduled for a trial confirming conference Feb. 2 and a trial assignment conference Feb. 20.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wright is on an unpaid leave of absence from his job with the department.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, Wright was arrested by Roseville police during an early morning undercover drug sweep in the 200 block of Harding Boulevard. A police spokeswoman said at the time that it was part of a routine undercover operation to address drug issues and that Wright was found in possession of methamphetamine.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.