California law enforcement officials seized over 550 firearms at two homes last week and arrested a convicted felon that they claim was responsible for amassing the massive arsenal.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested Manuel Fernandez, 66, after state and federal law enforcement officials raided his home and found 523 weapons, the Associated Press reported.
Thirty additional firearms were seized at a home that investigators believe is linked to a known associate of Fernandez, although the man who reportedly lives at the home has not returned home.
The investigation into Fernandez began when law enforcement officials received a tip that he had a large arsenal of firearms stored at his home.
“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. “We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve.”
As a convicted felon, Fernandez is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. He faces charges of “being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and illegally possessing an assault rifle and large-capacity magazines.”
Fernandez was freed on Friday after he posted $35,000 bond.