Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Case#: 20-001441


On 3-1-2020 at approximately 9:35 pm, a Chico Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of E. 1st Avenue and Terrace Drive. The officer made contact with the driver, 43-year-old Chico residence Thomas Devlin, and a passenger. During the traffic stop, it was determined that Devlin’s driving privileges were suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Officers on scene asked Devlin to exit the vehicle and he refused. After several attempts to get Devlin to exit the vehicle, Officers had to physically remove him from the vehicle. Devlin resisted and after a short struggle he was taken into custody without further incident. Neither Devlin nor the officers restraining him were injured during the altercation. 

During a search of Devlin’s person incident to arrest Devlin was found to be in possession of pepper spray. Devlin is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing pepper spray. A search of Delvin’s vehicle was conducted and officers located a loaded firearm under the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Also located in the vehicle was 22.2 grams of methamphetamine, 26.55 grams of heroin, a digital scale, and other narcotic paraphernalia. 

Devlin was booked into the Butte County Jail on the following charges: 

29800(a)(1) PC- Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person

30305(a)(1) PC- Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person

25400(a)(1) PC-Carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle 

148(a)(1) PC-Obstructing delaying a police officer 

11370.1 H&S-Possession of a controlled substance while armed 

11378 H&S-Possession of a controlled substance for sale 

11379 H&S-Possession transportation of a controlled substance

Chico, Ca.-

Location: E. 1st Avenue and Terrace Drive, Chico Ca. 

Victim: State of CA

Suspect: Thomas Eli Devlin, Age 43, of Chico 

Supervisor: OIC Marshall  

Commander: Cmdr. Michael Williams   

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