PD makes fentanyl arrest
Case moving onward with U.S. District Attorney
After an apparent fentanyl overdose death in August, Madera Police Detective Jason Smith has been trying find the dealer. After months of work, found a suspect.
Smith, a member of the Madera Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit was assigned to the case.
To establish the identity of the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Elias Soliz, and evidence of criminal intent, Smith authored numerous cell phone, social media, tracker, and tower dump search warrants. The cell phone and social media warrants for both the victim and Soliz confirmed the sale and purchase of fentanyl from Soliz to the victim.