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Deputy arrests Happy Camp man found with 'sword and methamphetamine'

The deputy responded after reports that a man had been making criminal threats, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 6:09 PM
Updated: Dec 26, 2019 6:10 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — A Happy Camp man was arrested while in possession of a samurai sword and methamphetamine after making "criminal threats" on Monday, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Rob Stewart responded to the Happy Camp area that morning after someone called in to report the threats. After taking down the report, Deputy Stewart began a search of the area for the suspect, 49-year-old David Lee McBurney.

The deputy found McBurney about 20 minutes later when he saw the suspect driving down Highway 96 near Doolittle Street. McBurney pulled over near the Happy Camp Post Office on Davis Road, the Sheriff's Office said.

"Mr. McBurney was on Post-Release Community Supervision (probation for prior offenses) and had not contacted his probation officer since November 1, 2019," said the agency. "A subsequent search of Mr. McBurney’s vehicle revealed a Samurai Sword, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia, including a pipe and hypodermic syringe."

Deputy Stewart arrested McBurney for illegal possession of the sword, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphenalia. He was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail.

"This was a good example of an alert deputy observing a man suspected to have committed an offense he previously investigated, which resulted in the suspect’s arrest and confiscation of a dangerous weapon, drugs, and drug paraphernalia," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "We appreciate the report we received from the citizen as well, which helped lead to the suspect’s arrest.”

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