Friday, September 11, 2009

Parolee allegedly caught with drugs, shotgun

Parolee allegedly caught with drugs, shotgun
A Redway parolee was arrested Wednesday night when a deputy allegedly found four pounds of processed marijuana in his vehicle.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office initially received a report that a wanted parolee was sitting in a parked car at a Redway motel at about 7:40 p.m. The responding deputy recognized Bret Lawrence Swortzel, 31, who was inside the vehicle, and arrested him for an outstanding warrant involving a parole violation, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

As allowed under the terms of Swortzel's parole, the deputy searched the vehicle and seized four clear plastic bags, each containing a pound of processed marijuana, according to the press release. The deputy also seized a 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip and folding stock, as well as live ammunition, from the vehicle.

Swortzel was booked into Humboldt County jail for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm, being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, possession of marijuana for sale, and a parole violation.

He is expected to be arraigned Friday. He is not eligible to post bail due to his parole status.


  1. Swortzel's in a heap o trouble even in Humboldt county

  2. Redway used to be a nice town. Then the pot growers got their hands on it.

    Word is out in our prison system: get out of jail and head up to Redway. Start out as a cleaner, then see what turns up. Bring a few secret guns...


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