A bust by Placer County deputies discovered Bobcat tractors, trailers, generators, drugs and a truck towing a bulldozer.
The eventual confiscation of around $800,000 in stolen vehicles, arrests of three men and the discovery of a drug lab began Saturday when a big rig truck with a bulldozer on a flatbed trailer was stolen in Sacramento.
A Placer County sheriff’s detective, part of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, on Sunday night searched a Foresthill property with California Highway Patrol officers. They found the big rig minus the bulldozer.
A tip on Monday sent deputies to a rural Iowa Hill property where two stolen trailers were found. Down the road a few miles, at a residence with five people, they found assault rifles and evidence of a drug lab.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Three of the people, Floyd Rutherford, 42, who lived on the property; Kevin Alan Silva, 54; and Daryl Graham Kanzler, 36; were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property and charges related to a drug lab.
On Tuesday, after obtaining a search warrant, detectives and members of the drug task force searched the property and found the stolen Sacramento bulldozer, two stolen Bobcat tractors, several stolen generators, welding equipment, firearms and drugs.
In total, 12 stolen vehicles were confiscated and a butane honey oil drug lab was dismantled, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.