Detectives from the Sacramento County sheriff's special enforcement detail on Thursday served a search warrant at a home in the 10800 block of Browning Street in western Placer County. The operation was conducted with the Placer County Sheriff's Department and was based on information developed by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department suggesting that firearms were being sold from the residence, Sacramento County sheriff's officials said.
Deputies seized 118 guns, including a number of stolen firearms, from the home, along with 520 marijuana plants that were being illegally grown, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release. Authorities said the street value of marijuana was approximately $2.5 million.
Steven Goodell (left photo), 48, who lived at the home, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana for sale, unlawful cultivation of marijuana, criminal conspiracy, possession of stolen property and child endangerment. Another man, Cameron Sorensen (right photo), 29, was arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, possession of marijuana for sale, and unlawful cultivation of marijuana. Both men were booked into Placer County Jail.
Sheriff's officials said Goodell is believed to be associated with a criminal group that subscribes to a white-power ideology. Detectives believe the firearms were intended for sale with drugs to other members of this group.