The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On May 16-18, 2023, Fort Bragg Police officers received multiple tips about a subject selling controlled pharmaceutical pills in and around the City of Fort Bragg. The investigation revealed the subject lived in a house in the 31000 block of Digger Creek Drive, just outside city limits.
An officer had gathered enough information to request a search warrant of the home, which was granted on May 19, 2023. On May 20, 2023 at approximately 7:00 AM, Fort Bragg Police Department officers and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies served the warrant.
The search yielded over 12,000 pills of Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, and Adderall, as well as Suboxone strips, a digital scale, packaging material, and cash. The investigation leads officers to believe the suspect was purchasing the narcotics online, then reselling them. Apparently, he had just received a shipment, as most of the pills were found in a still-sealed box that was recently delivered. It is also believed the pills are counterfeit, with some possibly containing fentanyl, however further testing is required. The estimated street value of the pills was $50,000 – $60,000.
Bryan Grizzle, 32 of Fort Bragg was arrested on scene for several felonies including 11375(B)(1) H&S, 11351 H&S, and 182(A)(1) PC. Elias Rutherford was also arrested on scene for several felonies including 11375(B)(1) H&S, 182(A)(1) PC, and 3455(A) PC. Both were transported to the Mendocino County Jail where they were booked.
Chief Neil Cervenka said, “The incredible work of these officers prevented thousands of illegal narcotics from getting to streets, undoubtedly saving lives. I also want to express my gratitude to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on this case. Together, we made the coast a safer place.”
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Ofc Frank of the Fort Bragg Police Department at (707)961-2800 ext 139.
This information is being released by Chief Neil Cervenka. All media inquiries should contact him at email@example.com.