$1 million bail for Chico man allegedly caught with large amounts of meth, fentanyl
Photos: Butte County Sheriff’s Office
A Butte County man was arrested recently after copious amounts of various drugs were reportedly found in his vehicle after a traffic stop, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In the early morning hours of Friday, April 9, a Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a Toyota truck for speeding along northbound Highway 70 near Walker Lane, just outside of Palermo.
The deputy’s service dog soon alerted to the presence of narcotics, resulting in a search of the vehicle which reportedly turned up a substantial amount of methamphetamine and nearly 400 suspected counterfeit Oxycodone pills.
After taking custody of the vehicle, investigators secured a warrant for a more thorough search, which in turn resulted in the discovery of approximately 25 pounds of meth, a pound and a half of heroin, and over a pound of suspected powdered fentanyl.
The driver of the truck, identified as 48-year-old Shawn Nowlin, was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine for sale, possession for sale of an opiate, and transportation for sale of an opiate. His bail has been set at $1 million.