The Lassen County Narcotics Task Force has released details of the Thursday traffic stop that led agents to a large haul of weapons and drugs found at the suspect’s residence on Monrovia Street.
According to the task force’s report, at about 10:30a.m. the agency initiated a high risk felony traffic stop on Alexander Avenue near Cornell Street.
The suspect, 34 year-old Susanville resident Isen Peterson, was reportedly driving a green Chevrolet Cavalier when he was pulled over. Narcotics agents took Peterson into custody at the scene, assisted by officers from the Susanville Police Department.
Peterson was searched by the officers and over one ounce of suspected methamphetamine was found in a concealed container in his clothing; the substance was separately packaged into eleven equal sized packages.
The narcotics task force immediately activated a search warrant team comprised of members of the Lassen County Interagency SWAT team, Lassen County District Attorney’s Office Investigations, High Desert State Prison and California Correctional Center. Those officers executed a tactical entry and search of Peterson’s residence on Monrovia Street.
The entire operation was pursuant to a local narcotics search warrant. The home was searched by drug detecting K-9, narcotics agents and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Detectives.
During the search, according to a press release issued by the task force, a large amount of cash was found, along with drug packaging material, digital scales and five firearms. All the money and items were seized from the home.
The total amount of cash money was over $8,000.
Isen Peterson was arrested and booked into Lassen County Jail for violations of possession, possession for sale, and trafficking methamphetamine. Peterson’s bail was set at $20,000. Based on the evidence found in this operation, the task force believes Isen Peterson is one of the major methamphetamine dealers in Lassen County.
The narcotics task force is estimated the street value of the suspect methamphetamine to be over $4,000. The total weight of the substance was later weighed at about 41 grams. This investigation is part of a long term and ongoing investigation.