El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Press Release- Coronavirus

For Immediate Release

Lieutenant Tasha Thompson

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wants our community to know we are paying attention and understand the concerns that many have about novel coronavirus.  

The California Department of Public Health has stated; “Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus we are still learning about it.  However, the health risk to the general public in California remains low.”  While the coronavirus has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. 

We are working with our partners at Health and Human Services, as well as the El Dorado County Public Health Officer, to ensure we are well informed with the most up to date information on this virus and the potential impact it could have on our community. We will support and collaborate with our partners if the coronavirus has an effect on El Dorado County.

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, we want to remind our community there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

-Wash hands with soap and water.
-Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infections with a number of different viruses. 
-Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. 

BHO lab arrests

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On Friday, January 31, 2020, El Dorado County Sheriff Office narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at two homes in Placerville and a business at the 2500 block of Greenwood Lane in Cameron Park, after receiving information about a Butane Honey Oil (BHO or concentrated cannabis) lab.

Four people in total were arrested and detectives collected pounds of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, lab equipment and cans of butane gas. Detectives located 150 unused cans and 15,000 used canisters.

Three people, Chad Nicolay, Luis Sandoval, and Anthony Gaytan, were arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy. Nicolay and Allison Hendricks, were arrested on child endangerment charges. The BHO lab evidence and controlled substances were located at the residential homes.

Butane manufacturing labs are extremely dangerous and can become deadly due to the extreme flammability of butane. The manufacturing of the substance can pose significant danger to innocent bystanders and first responders.

Chad Nicolay

Luis Sandoval

Anthony Gaytan

Alison Hendricks