Michelle Van de Mark holding a photograph of her son Nathan and herself. Photo by Juliana Luna.


Emergency responders say fentanyl overdoses increasing in San Benito County.

The drug, many times stronger than heroin, is being put into counterfeit prescription medications, says Sheriff Eric Taylor.

The house at 1371 Hillcrest Road has been an eyesore for over a year. Photo by John Chadwell.


Sheriff’s Dept. arrest three men for drugs, weapons and child endangerment

Deputies found three children aged approximately 3, 8, and 10 years old, living in squalor.

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News Release

Sheriffs make an arrest near Monterey RV Park

Sheriff's Office found suspected cocaine, suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl.

News Release

San Benito County reports a spike in counterfeit drug-related overdoses

Since Jan. 1, 36 individuals have been administered naloxone.

File photo by Joshua Miller.


Hollister Police Department to conduct a drug take back event on Oct. 23

Usual methods for disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

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News Release

Opioid overdoses on the Rise in San Benito County

Fentanyl is a very potent opioid drug—50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and exposure to even small amounts can cause overdose and death.

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Police / Fire

Police arrest three men on gun and drug charges

Officers located Psilocybin (mushrooms) and methamphetamines in the car, as well as a loaded handgun and one-hundred rounds of ammunition.

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Hollister Police Department Hosts Drug Take-Back Day on April 28

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. the public can take their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at Target. The service is free and anonymous.


Government / Politics

County Supervisor News Roundup

Chamber produces promotional videos for county, White House designates county HIDTA area, new LBGT youth program, county to produce its own promotional video.

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Police / Fire

Two Arrested for Felony Mail Theft in Hollister

A man and a woman were arrested in San Benito County Sept. 14 for felony mail theft, identity theft, and the possession of drugs and firearms.

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Police / Fire

Arrest at motorcycle rally leads to warrant for drug sales

52-year-old arrested in Salinas on suspicion of selling cocaine at the motorcycle rally in downtown Hollister

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Children and Youth

Community encouraged to join ‘Above the Influence’ effort

Parents, educators, law enforcement to team up in hopes of decreasing drug usage among children and teens

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Event encourages youth to be ‘Above the Influence’

Educators, law enforcement agencies encourage community discussion of drug prevention measures

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Police / Fire

Citizen tip leads to arrests at skate park

Two 20-year-olds arrested in drug arrest at Vet's Park


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