◼ 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.