In the past several months, anyone who is a known drug user, has acted suspiciously in public, or was seen driving erratically has probably been contacted by Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy. In the first year of Frick’s assignment as the local Tulare County Sheriff’s Department deputy for Three Rivers and the surrounding county territory, he has made more arrests than the two former resident deputies did in the past 15 years.
Frick reported that it’s his nature to be aggressive when it comes to crime, and he is well aware of the connection between drug use and criminal activity. As a former probation officer, he has seen it all with drug users who commit crimes so they can procure more drugs. It’s a vicious cycle, and if intervention and treatment programs don’t work, the offender will serve jail time.
Frick is an expert in the detection of when a user is, or has been recently, under the influence. In the dozens of citations he has issued ordering a drug test for local users, his record speaks for itself: 100 percent positive.
Possession of narcotics and concentrated cannabis
On Saturday, May 23, at 9:53 p.m., Deputy Frick conducted a traffic stop in the 42000 block of North Fork Drive, near the Old Airport Bridge. The driver of the vehicle was Jayna Boswell, 52, of Three Rivers.
During a search of the vehicle, a baggie containing suspected narcotics and concentrated cannabis (hash oil) was located in the vehicle. Boswell was arrested and booked into Tulare County Jail for possession of narcotics and possession of the hash oil.
Under the influence of a controlled substance
On Sunday, May 24, at about 7 p.m., in the midst of the busy Memorial Day weekend, Deputy Frick responded to a report of harassment at Lake Kaweah. During the investigation, the two alleged suspects were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Arrested and taken into custody and booked into Tulare County Jail were Jeffrey Jackson, 47, and Stacey Mata, 47, both of Shafter in Kern County. Jackson was also found to be in violation of a domestic violence restraining order.
On Tuesday, May 26, Deputy Frick responded to a report of a fight at Blossom Drive near its intersection with Old Three Rivers Drive. That property has been scene of numerous arrests, a drug overdose and recent Tulare County Health Department violations.
After interviewing witnesses at the scene, Deputy Frick determined that Philip Easley, 47, of Three Rivers had assaulted another man and kicked the victim with his boots several times while the victim was on the ground. Easley was arrested and transported to the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility where he was booked for aggravated assault.
Anyone with information on these cases or any criminal activity is encouraged to call Three Rivers resident deputy Mark Frick at (559) 733-6218.