“This is a big stash”
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms seized over 1,000 weapons and a massive stockpile of ammunition from a property in a Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday.
The officials were tipped off that the suspect inside the home was allegedly running a trade and manufacturing operation for illegal weapons.
Officials noted that the suspect was allegedly “conducting illegal firearms transaction(s) outside the scope of the federal firearm license.”
Also thousands of rounds of ammunition seized. Police say man is in custody and is cooperating with investigation. LAPD received an anonymous tip about possible illegal gun sales. @nbcla #nbcla pic.twitter.com/BbzcJ9nHVg
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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Girard Saenz, 57, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of distributing, transporting, importing, selling, or lending an assault weapon.
Police were shocked by the size of the bust.
“I had never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” police Lt. Chris Ramirez said.
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What might be most astonishing about the story, aside from the sheer volume of weapons found, is the location where the suspect was living.
The home that the federal agents raided is located in Bel Air, a ‘posh’ neighborhood in LA known for its multimillion dollar homes owned by celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce, and is in close proximity to the famous Playboy Mansion.
“That’s such a big arsenal in a residence like this, in this type of neighborhood. It’s astounding,” said Ramirez.
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The 8,200-square foot, five-bedroom home where the weapons were confiscated is valued at more than $7 million, reported KTLA.
Police noted that the search warrant was executed around 4 a.m. on the 100 block of North Beverly Glen Boulevard.
According to public records, the home is owned by Cynthia Beck, who has three daughters with J. Paul Getty’s son. It is unclear of whether Beck is connected to the operation in any way.
This is the man who was arrested today charged with illegally owning, selling or manufacturing more than 1,000 guns inside this Holmby Hills home. We’re live at 11 with the latest on one of the biggest gun busts in LAPD history. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/YSPSsbagUk
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A man in the neighborhood at the time of the seizure commented on the mass amount of weapons being piled in the driveway.
“I grew up in Brooklyn. I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve never seen stockpiling this big,” the man said. “You don’t want this in your backyard.”
Saenz is reportedly being held on $50,000 bond.