Meth Found in Car’s Steering Column

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meth in steering column

The drugs found in the car’s steering column. (Courtesy: Butte County Sheriff’s Office)


Deputies say that a traffic stop eventually led to them finding a stash of methamphetamine in a car’s steering column.

The stop happened around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday near Montgomery Street and Highway 70 in Oroville. According to a release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, a detective recognized the driver of the car as 24-year-old Paradise resident Derek Barnett.

Detectives note Barnett has a history of illegally having guns, plus they knew that he was driving under a suspended license.

Also inside the car with Barnett was 24-year-old Chico resident Andrew Thomas. Apparently, Thomas had a warrant out for his arrest on multiple drug-related offenses. A search of the car soon found about three ounces of meth hidden inside the steering column.

Both men were arrested and now faces charges of possessing, transporting and trying to sell meth.

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