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NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS worth of vacuum-packed marijuana and weapons were found by Citrus Heights police at a house in El Dorado Hills. Courtesy photos

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Big marijuana find in EDH

By From page A1 | April 25, 2014

On April 9, the arrest of two subjects and a search warrant for an El Dorado Hills home revealed about 858 pounds of marijuana and weapons, including stolen guns.

At around 4 p.m., Citrus Heights Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and Post-Release Community Supervision team conducted a traffic stop in the 8300 block of Oak Avenue, a press release stated. The vehicle was driven by Jeremy Zahn, 31, of Citrus Heights, a subject known to be on PRCS. The stop was the result of an ongoing investigation by the SIU/PRCS team.

Approximately 48 pounds of vacuum sealed, processed marijuana was located. It was packaged, the press release alleged, for sales, in the back seat of Zahn’s vehicle. He was arrested and charged with transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and violation of his PRCS condition. He was booked at the Sacramento County Jail.

A search warrant was obtained for a residence in El Dorado Hills thought to be associated with Zahn. An additional 810 pounds of marijuana was found at the residence, with a substantial amount found behind a hidden wall. In the garage, two large safes were found to contain a total of $464,850 in cash. Additional marijuana, seven firearms, ammunition and high-capacity magazines were also found in the safes. The firearms consisted of semi-automatic handguns, a semi-automatic rifle and illegal assault rifles. Three of the firearms were found to be stolen.

The 858 pounds of marijuana were found to have a street value of approximately $2.5 million.

During the investigation, Lindsay Loya, 23, of Laverne, was arrested in Los Angeles County and charged with transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales. She was also arrested on warrants from Sacramento County.

This investigation was initiated by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s SIU/PRCS enforcement team, a multi-agency team consisting of a Citrus Heights police sergeant and detectives, a detective from the Folsom Police Department and a full-time assigned probation officer from the Sacramento County Probation Department. The investigation is ongoing and CHPD has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sgt. Wheaton of the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

Cole Mayer

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