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Special Response Team seizes 63 pounds of marijuana and 74 vials of honey oil


Fresno Police discovered 63 pounds of marijuana and 74 vials of honey oil in a man’s car. 39-year-old Champa Sayadeth is now behind bars. The Special Response Team with southeast Fresno Police made the arrest Wednesday night.

Police say Sayadeth also had a loaded hand gun in his car. In this case, Sayadeth was missing one license plate, and the plate he did have belonged to another car. 

Sergeant Adrian Alvarez and his officers consistently patrol the neighborhood of Mayfair and Normal, cracking down on gang violence and taking guns off the streets.

On Wednesday night — officers pulled 39-year-old Champa Sayadeth over in his black BMW.

“They smell the weed and they’re like ‘hey what you got?’ He goes ‘I don’t know.’ And then they get his information to find out he’s on federal probation,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez says Sayadeth is a convicted felon. Officers discovered a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his car. Also, exactly 63 pounds of marijuana “shake” in large backs and a box of 74 honey oil filled cartridges. Police say the liquid is highly concentrated and can be consumed using vape pens.

“A small drop can have an effect a hundred times more than you smoking a marijuana joint,” said Alvarez.

It’s unknown where the honey oil is being made. Officers searched Sayadeth’s home but didn’t find additional evidence.

“But we believe he’s strictly in the market of producing, manufacturing and then distributing marijuana oil,” said Alvarez.

So far in 2018 — Alvarez says about 130 guns have been seized in southeast Fresno. The SRT has recovered a third of them.

“Right now we’re up to 48 guns that we’ve seized. We’ve arrested over 230 felons,” said Alvarez.

Sayadeth is booked in Fresno County jail. His bail is set at more than $100,000.

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