Sacto 9-1-1
October 22, 2013
Cal Fire battalion chief arrested on drug charge in Roseville

A battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was arrested on suspicion of transporting methamphetamine Sept. 30 in Roseville, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Ronald Raymond Wright, 48, was arrested by police during an early morning undercover drug sweep in the 200 block of Harding Boulevard, according to Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville police spokeswoman.

"It was part of a routine undercover operation we do in the area to address drug issues," Gunther said. "He was found in possession."

Wright was booked into jail. He posted $20,000 bail and is now free, pending his first court appearance Nov. 18, Gunther said.

Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire spokesman, said Wright, an employee of the agency since 2006, was off duty when he was arrested.

Wright is not working and is using "accumulated time" from vacation and sick leave, Berlant said.

The battalion chief was paid $155,691 in 2012, according to state records.

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