Suspect arrested more than a year after Chico resident’s shooting death uncovers illegal drug trafficking organization

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A suspect was arrested Friday after Butte County investigators tied a murder to a large drug trafficking organization.

After an investigation spanning more than a year, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said detectives and SWAT team members arrested Chico resident Dylan Rice in Paradise. He was booked into the Butte County Jail on suspicion of killing 27-year-old Jacob McArthur.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said back in late December, McArthur was found shot to death at a home on Craig Access Road in Oroville.

As they investigated the murder, the sheriff’s office said it uncovered an illegal marijuana trafficking organization allegedly led by 39-year-old Shaina Burnette, from Chico.

Thirteen Butte County homes were searched and 3,300 pounds of packaged marijuana, 10 firearms, roughly $140,000 in cash and $30,000 in silver coins were found.

The sheriff’s office also said child pornography was discovered on one of the numerous electronic devices that were searched during the investigation.

A total of six people were arrested in connection with the investigation in January 2020, according to the sheriff’s office:

  • Dylan Rice of Chico, age 25 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
  • Shaina Burnette of Chico, age 39 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
  • Morgan Karno of Chico, age 52 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
  • Christopher Mack of Concow, age 30 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of an assault weapon, being armed while committing a felony, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana, and possession of child pornography.
  • Monique Bird of Chico, age 53 was arrested for child endangerment, possession of marijuana for sale, and illegal cultivation of marijuana.
  • Gabriel Bacon of Oroville, age 43 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.

If anyone has information about the murder investigation, they are encouraged to call Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.

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