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Placer Sheriff’s Deputy Traffic Stop Leads to Big Bust

A routine traffic stop by Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies led to an arrest that included a large amount of guns, money, drugs and more.

Late Thursday night August 15th a Placer County Deputy pulled a vehicle over that was driving erratically on I-80 at Bell Road. The Deputy began questioning Andreas Koertel, age 46 of Rio Linda. The Deputy’s investigation of the vehicle revealed weapons and methamphetamine.  Koertel was booked into the Placer County Jail that night on charges of possessing illegal weapons and meth.

The placer County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office and alerted them to the arrest and asked for a follow up at the residence in Rio Linda.

On August 16th, Sheriff’s detectives went to the property in the 5800 block of 24th Street in Rio Linda after obtaining consent from the owner to conduct a search of the property.

Over the next several hours, they discovered a cache of weapons including four assault rifles, a shotgun, a rifle and five handguns. One of the handguns and two of the rifles were equipped with silencers. In addition, officers recovered over twenty high-capacity magazines, between 20,000 and 30,000 rounds of ammunition, multiple passports, and over $33,000 in cash.

The search of the property also yielded numerous explosive materials and assorted items including several jars of black powder, a pipe bomb and numerous cricket bombs, which were detonated at the scene by bomb squads from the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.

All of the aforementioned items were believed to belong to Koertel, who is currently in custody in the Placer County Jail. Sheriff’s detectives are working with federal law enforcement officials to further investigate the motive behind the possession of these items, and the ongoing investigation will determine in the future which criminal charges will be filed in connection to this case.


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