Placentia police uncovered a cache of 30 weapons, some of which were stolen, when they served a search warrant at a storage unit in the 500 block of Crowther Street, while investigating a man for allegedly selling drugs and stealing motorcycles.
Chris Anderson, a Placentia K9 officer, stopped the suspect on Thursday night near Orangethorpe Avenue and the 57 after a traffic violation and found he had an outstanding warrant. Anderson had been investigating him for on-going criminal activity after Placentia police received information from the La Habra Police Department.
“The K9 officer had been watching that individual for a while,” said Sgt. Bryce Anderson of Placentia Police. “The information was that he was involved with drug sales, possession of weapons and possessing stolen motorcycles.”
From earlier surveillance, police learned that the individual had been living at a vacant industrial business in the 700 block of Monroe Way in Placentia. Detectives from the Placentia and La Habra Police Departments found another man and his girlfriend, who are originally from Orange, also living at the business.
A stolen customized Japanese race bike, a marijuana growing operation, a large quantity of heroin and a large sum of cash were found at the business, Bryce said.
During their investigation, police developed a lead on the storage unit where they found weapons and more drugs. Among the weapons found were AR-15 style assault rifles and a silenced Mac-10 machine pistol.
The two men and the woman were taken into custody based on evidence found at the scene and were later transported to the Orange County Jail.
Police have not yet released their names.
By DANIEL LANGHOREN/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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