Fountain Valley police seize over $22,000 worth of illegal drugs and 15 firearms, arrest suspect


Fountain Valley Police seized a large quantity of narcotics and several firearms during a Monday drug bust in Redlands.

As part of an ongoing investigation, the Fountain Valley Police Department’s Crime Enforcement Unit has uncovered information regarding a person involved in large-scale narcotics trafficking in the Orange County area. . With the assistance of the Redlands Police Department, the Special Unit obtained a search warrant for the suspect and his residence, FVPD Sgt. said Robert Cortes.

Maxwell Dean Stohler of Redlands, 29, was arrested on Monday. Police executed a search warrant at his home and found approximately 4,000 Xanax pills, 19 grams of suspected cocaine and 15 firearms.

The guns included an unregistered assault rifle and a Glock handgun-like “ghost” pistol, which appeared to have been modified to fire fully automatic. Stohler was prohibited from owning firearms.

The street value of the narcotics was estimated at more than $22,000, Cortes said. Although they appeared similar to those made legitimately, they likely contained fentanyl and their exact chemical composition is unknown.

Stohler was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for the purpose of sale, as well as various weapons violations. He was then incarcerated at West Valley Detention in Rancho Cucamonga.

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