Citrus Heights Traffic Stop Leads To Large Pot Bust In El Dorado Hills

On April 9, 2014, Jeremy Zahn, 31, was stopped by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) / Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) enforcement team on Oak Avenue in Citrus Heights. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 48 pounds of vacuum sealed processed marijuana, which was packaged for sale, in boxes on the back seat.

The stop was the result of an on-going investigation of Zahn by the task force.

Because of the drugs revealed in the search, a search warrant was issued for a home in El Dorado Hills on Shoreline Pointe, one that Zahn was known to frequent often. A search of that home turned up an additional 810 pounds of marijuana; most of it was hidden behind a false wall.

In the garage were also two large safes which held close to $465,000, more marijuana, seven firearms, ammunition and high capacity magazines. Those firearms consisted of illegal assault rifles, semi-automatic handguns, and a semi-automatic rifle. Three of the firearms were identified as being stolen.

Arrested at the home was Lindsey Loya, 23, of Leverne. She has been identified as the alleged leader of this drug operation. A third person is also being sought but is not yet in custody.

The total weight of the marijuana seized was 858 pounds with a street value of approximately $2.5 million. The Citrus Heights Police Department says this is the largest drug bust in the department’s history.

If anyone has more information regarding this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Sergeant Wheaton of the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

Jeremy Zahn, 31, Citrus Heights

Jeremy Zahn, 31, Citrus Heights

Lindsay Loya, 23, Leverne

Lindsay Loya, 23, Leverne

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