Arrested Wednesday were Edward W. Soellner (left photo), 45, of Orangevale, and Francisco DeJesus Diaz-Perez (right photo), 23, of San Ysidro.
The investigation had focused on Soellner, who is suspected of supplying methamphetamine to residents of Folsom and Orangevale, according to a Police Department news release. Diaz-Perez was allegedly the source of Soellner's supply.
The Folsom Police Department's Special Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's high intensity drug trafficking area team, served a search warrant at Soellner's residence in the 5600 block of Walnut Avenue. While officers were there, Diaz-Perez arrived to deliver a quarter pound of crystal methamphetamine to Soellner, police said.
A search of Diaz-Perez's vehicle, they said, revealed that it was equipped with a hidden compartment.
During the search of Soellner's home, detectives found methamphetamine, $1,680 in cah and evidence of drugs, officials said.
The detectives then obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 6400 block of Verner Avenue, which Diaz-Perez allegedly was using to store, weigh and package narcotics for distribution. During the search, they located approximately 5.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, almost 4 pounds of black tar heroin and more than $13,000 in cash. Officials said the seized drugs have a street value of $112,800.
Soellner was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance. Diaz-Perez was booked on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a false compartment in a motor vehicle to conceal controlled substances.