In October 2011 a San Francisco man was arrested for absconding with approximately $10,000 worth of fish. His name is Byron Bates. At the time of his arrest, Bates was working as a driver and deliveryman for Newport Fish Company, a San Francisco area sea food distribution company.
Ironically, Bates did not still the fish because he was hungry; he had no hankering for fish. What Mr. Bates did have a taste for was drugs, non-prescription, illicit drugs.
In fact, he was feigning for crack cocaine. You read correctly, he traded in $10,000.00 worth of fish for $400.00 worth of crack cocaine.
On October 14, 2011, Mr. Bates was instructed to make a number of fresh sea food deliveries to Sacramento. When the orders had not been delivered by 4p.m. that day, many of the customers began to call the owner of Newport Seafood Company to complain and to inquire about their deliveries.
The owner tried to no avail to contact Mr. Bates. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach Mr. Bates, the owner called the police.
On October 18, 2011, police located the seafood delivery truck in Oakland, with no sight of Byron Bates of course. A small amount of the fish was retrieved, as it was left inside the delivery truck. However, the remaining seafood was definitely rotten and nonedible.
Once authorities retrieved the stolen delivery truck, San Mateo detectives set out to locate Mr. Bates. Mr. Bates was apprehended and charged with stealing a delivery truck, from his San Francisco employer.
In May 2012, Mr. Bates entered a plea of No Contest. On July 19, 2012, Judge Lisa Novak, of San Mateo Superior Court, required that Mr. Bates enter a residential treatment facility to address his crack cocaine addiction in lieu of a 3 year prison sentence. Judge Novak suspended Bate’s 3 year prison sentence on the specific condition that he successfully complete a residential treatment program.
Novak allowed Bates the treatment alternative because the crime he committed was in fact non-violent and she felt that he was genuinely remorseful. She went on to add that his conduct was the result of addiction. Bates is happy with entering rehab instead of prison; he now has a second chance to live his life as a productive citizen.
Bates later learned that he was accepted into Delancey Street Foundation, a non-profit based residential treatment organization in San Francisco which focuses, specifically, on rehabilitating convicted criminals and individuals who abuse substances. The goal of the organization is to successfully transition graduating residents back into mainstream society.
Bate’s is required to live at Delancey Street Foundation for two years.
Original article sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/
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