Counterfeit Bill Leads Chico Police to Known Felon – Investigators Recover Drugs & Firearms –

Chico, CA – On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, just after 3AM, the Chico Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a counterfeit bill passed at the Denny’s restaurant at 675 Manzanita Ct. in Chico.

Officers arrived at Denny’s a short time later. The suspects had already left but officers developed information the suspects were associated with a specific room in the nearby Ramada Plaza Hotel.  After determining one of the occupants was on Felony Probation, officers, with the assistance of the Chico Police Department K9 Unit, searched the room.

The search resulted in the discovery of three firearms; two rifles and one handgun.  The handgun was loaded. The handgun and one of the rifles were reported stolen in Chico. Officers also located Methamphetamine, Heroin, $1,150 in counterfeit $50 and $100 bills, numerous stolen IDs and other stolen property.  Also located were two high-capacity magazines, one for each of the two rifles.

Three adults and two juveniles were contacted in the room.  The three adults, 30 year old Ryan Rash of Chico, 27 year old Christopher Qualls of Oroville, and 35 year old Jade Bunn of Corning, were arrested for multiple charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of high-capacity magazines and Possession of Counterfeit Bills.

Additional charges are likely to follow as the investigation continues, including Forgery and Child Endangerment. Two juveniles found in the room were released to the protection of a responsible family member.

If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the Chico Police Department at 530 897-4911.

***Attached:  Photograph of recovered firearms




Location:                                                         Ramada Plaza Hotel, 685 Manzanita Ct., Chico

Date/Time:                                                      11-14-17    Approximately 0300 hours

Incident Case Number (if applicable)             17-7796

Victim:                                                             State of California

Suspects:                                                        Ryan Rash, Christopher Qualls, Jade Bunn

Supervisor:                                                      T.  Tupper  S11

Watch Commander:                                       B. Aldridge  C4


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