Two arrested in suspected drug dealing operation |

Two arrested in suspected drug dealing operation

Placer County Sheriff’s officials arrested two men last week after they searched a Brockway home outfitted with security cameras that was suspected to the be the site of a drug dealing operation.

Philip Roes, 22, and Michael Schwartz, 42, were arrested during the search warrant operation last week, said Jeff Davis, a detective with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Approximately 10 to 15 grams of suspected drugs, which investigators believe are either methamphetamine or cocaine, were taken from the home on Pier Avenue, according to reports. The substances are being tested at a drug lab.

Sheriff’s office officials also reportedly found drug packaging material and sheets that listed drug buyers and people who owed money from the drug sales, Davis said.

“There was a large amount of evidence of sales,” he said.

Roes jumped from the deck of the home after being handcuffed by investigators during his arrest, Davis said. He ran toward the Nevada state line, but was arrested within 15 minutes on the California side of the Cal Neva hotel and casino.

He was charged on suspicion of attempting to escape from law enforcement officers.

Investigators are following up on the evidence they pulled from the home, Davis said.

There have been very few methamphetamine arrests in North Tahoe in the last six months. But, since Placer County added a dedicated narcotics enforcement team three months ago, the agency has started targeting drug enforcement, Davis said.

Davis said he was surprised by the technology at the suspected drug operation, which included surveillance cameras.

“That is odd. We haven’t seen that up here before,” he said. “That shows there are sophisticated drug dealers in our area.”

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