Drug bust

A woman who has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and violating her probation, then released from jail due to a state mandated COVID-19 pandemic order, was arrested again on Friday on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, a Calaveras County sheriff’s sergeant said Monday.

She was identified as Brandy Felts-Patelzick, 47.

Deputies assisting probation officers said they found 23.3 grams of methamphetamine in various packaging, a small amount of heroin, $4,625 in cash, nine hypodermic needles, and other drug paraphernalia at multiple locations.

Drugs, cash and other items were seized at a residence in the 3000 block of Juniper Drive in Vallecito, and Felts-Patelzick was located shortly after in a vehicle in Valley Springs, a Calaveras County sheriff’s sergeant said.

Deputies found methamphetamine, paraphernalia, cash, and heroin in the vehicle. They also searched a storage unit at an unspecified location, and deputies found what they described as evidence of drug use and drug sales. 

Law enforcement described their investigation as a routine probation search. 

Brandy Felts-Patelzick was arrested Friday and booked at Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of felony violation of probation and felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, and for a Tuolumne County bench warrant for violating probation on narcotics charges.

Felts-Patelzick had been arrested before in Calaveras County for violating her probation and possessing controlled substances, a Calaveras County sheriff’s sergeant said. She had been released from Calaveras County Jail due to a state-mandated prisoner release order intended to slow spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. That order has since been rescinded.

As of Monday afternoon, Felts-Patelzick was being held at Calaveras County Jail without bail due to her probation violation charge.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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