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Fort Bragg Police Drug Investigation Nets Thousands of Illegal Pills

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:


12,000 pills of Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, and Adderall, as well as Suboxone strips, a digital scale, packaging material, and cash. [Picture from FBPD]

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. 

Brian Grizzle [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

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.” 

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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 ncervenka@fortbragg.com. 


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Looking at both of these guys past arrest histories they probably shouldn’t have been out in society to do this again and again and again. Let alone other multiple repeat offenses that o robablt put most away for years. No more plea bargains mendo DA… show us your law education…a plea bargain isn’t really a win on your record….challenge yourself go to trial and keep them off the streets!!! Prove to us that it’s not all corrupt

  2. Can you imagine all these drugs out in the streets, in our community. In our schools, our children?! Please have conversations with your kids so they know not to make these decisions on taking this poison. I’m glad these men were arrested. Now please keep them behind bars

    • I’m a little older and have to say i experimented but experimenting then is nothing like it is today. Sorry its not. But i have to say one of the reasons of starting experimenting is boredom. There is absolutely nothing for kids and young adults to do here in town. A movie theater …..and a boring mini golf course can only go so far for entertainment. When the dog park is listed as one of the top ten things to do in a town for a family you know your in trouble. We had shopping skating bowling arcades. Sure drugs can be bought sold used there…..we did……but here kids disappear at dark into homes of who knows who or wandering into the woods or onto remote beaches and more likely to get involved in shit. We need more stuff here to do and not rely on the police department to provide the entertainment or parent the kids themselves

  3. Biden and his band of criminals dont give a hoot. They are likely getting a cut from the river of drugs the cartel is pouring into our nation Not to mention saving a bundle on hunters habits

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