SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A deputy who works for a Northern California anti-narcotics task force is facing felony drug charges after he was arrested delivering $2 million worth of marijuana to someone in Pennsylvania.
According to a criminal complaint, officers arrested Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher M. Heath, along with 2 other men, driving across the country with 122 packages of marijuana. Each package weighed about a pound.
The trio was stopped on December 29 after police received a tip. All three were booked into York County Prison.
Heath, 37, was also carrying his badge, his duty firearm and $11,000 in cash, according to the York County District Attorney. He has been released on $1 million bail.
For 3 years, Heath was part of the Yuba County drug task force known as NET-5 which deals with illegal drug possession, manufacture and sales. His unit commander told The Appeal Democrat, Heath lead some 62 criminal marijuana cases.
Since Heath’s arrest, the Yuba County District Attorney is investigating whether the cases he worked on were tainted. Meantime, Heath has been placed on paid administrative leave.