More than 500 guns seized from Southern California houses

Authorities seized more than 550 guns on two Southern California houses

(LA County Sheriff)

Authorities seized more than 550 guns on two Southern California homes and made an arrest after a tip that a convicted felon was the store of an arsenal.

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home.

Officials Monday say the researchers found 432 rifles and pistols, then returned later and found 91 more hidden weapons.

#LASD Investigation Leads to the Seizure of 553 Firearms in unincorporated Los Angeles County Area of Agua Dulce @ATFHQ @CADOJOSA

— LA County Sheriff (@LASDHQ) 19 June 2018

Finally, 30 weapons were seized at a different family believed linked to an employee of Fernandez, did not return to the house.

“Detectives also seized computers, mobile phones, hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illegal purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.

Fernandez was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and the illegal possession of an assault rifle and large capacity magazines.

He is free on bond. A call from The Associated Press are listed phone number rang unanswered Monday.

The Los Angeles Times quotes an anonymous source reported that the owner of the firearms seems to be a collector as opposed to someone who is planning to use the guns for violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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