[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
78°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 25
1889 - Castaic School District established [story]
Castaic siding


| Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
Firearms Seized in Agua Dulce
Photos: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
 

A joint operation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Justice led to the seizure of 553 firearms in Agua Dulce last week.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station received a crime tip that a local man was in possession of a large arsenal of firearms and that he was a convicted felon. The investigation was led by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau.

It included the station’s Summer Crime Enforcement Team, Palmdale Partners Against Crime (Special Problems Unit), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the California Department of Justice. On June 14, 2018 at 0730 hours, the team served a search warrant in the 34700 block of Caprock Road in the unincorporated area of Agua Dulce.

During the search, Manuel Fernandez, a 60-year-old male resident of Agua Dulce was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms and a felon in possession of ammunition. At the residence, 432 firearms were seized during the service of the search warrant.

The first warrant led investigators to second location connected to suspect Fernandez. The second warrant, served in the 34900 block of Sweetwater Drive, Agua Dulce, resulted in the seizure of 30 illegal firearms possessed by a female associate.

The female suspect was not home at the time of the warrant service and has not returned to the location. Detectives are preparing charges for the District Attorney for filing consideration.

“The Summer Enforcement Team was funded by the Board of Supervisors for operations like this with a beneficial impact on public safety for our unincorporated communities throughout the summer months,” stated Supervisor Kathryn Barger, representing Los Angeles County’s 5th District. “I applaud the Palmdale Sheriff’s station, the City’s Partners Against Crime and the Department of Justice who worked in conjunction on this effective operation and massive seizure of illegal firearms.”

A follow-up warrant to the residence of Manuel Fernandez on June 15, 2018, led to the seizure of an additional 91 firearms that were hidden within the home. Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect.

Due to the large number of firearms recovered, detectives enlisted the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for tracing the purchase origination of the weapons. Agents from both the California Department of Justice and ATF will be providing resources as the case continues through the court process.

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “The swift response of our Palmdale Sheriff’s Station personnel and the assistance provided by our partners at the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms showed the positive result of our campaign ‘See Something, Say Something.’ 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.”

The suspect was arrested and booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on charges of Felon in Possession of Firearms, Possession of an Assault Rifle, Felon in Possession of Ammunition and Possession of Large Capacity Magazines. He bonded out from the jail ward of Los Angeles County Medical Center on June 15, 2018 and has a schedule court appearance date of July 9, 2018 in Antelope Valley Superior Court.
Firearms Seized in Agua Dulce
Firearms Seized in Agua Dulce
Firearms Seized in Agua Dulce

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

16 Comments

  1. Robert Nixon Robert Nixon says:

    Just what background checks id he pass?

  2. Jesus, how do you even navigate your house with that many guns in it?

  3. Guns are to men as shoes are to women. 😂

  4. Auction them off and create some revenue for the city

  5. Keith Ortiz Keith Ortiz says:

    Whaaaaa????? You mean a convicted felon didn’t abide by California’s strict gun laws??? Shocking!

  6. Anyone who stacks that many guns is up to no good.

  7. Lisa need says:

    And California’s strict gun laws stopped this how???? Once again, criminals do not abide by the gun laws so even more stricter regulations proposed are only for law abiding citizens.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Monday, Mar 25, 2019
Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash, Narrowly Misses Big-Rig Collision
A motorcyclist hurt and taken to the hospital Monday morning narrowly missed being run over by a big rig, one of the rescuing paramedics said.
Monday, Mar 25, 2019
Smith Introduces 14 Bills for Current Sacramento Session
California 38th District Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) authored and submitted 14 bills prior to the Feb. 22 legislative submission deadline, tackling issues like education, human trafficking, and public safety.
Monday, Mar 25, 2019
SCV Water Wins 2 Prestigious Awards for Inaugural Budget
SCV Water’s FY 2018/19 Budget has been recognized, locally by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and nationally by the Government Finance Officers Association, for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Earlier this month, Library Journal named CalArts Reference & Instruction Librarian Marisa Méndez-Brady a 2019 "Mover & Shaker, "the trade publication’s annual award for “people shaping the future of libraries.”
CalArts Librarian Named 2019 ‘Mover & Shaker’ by Library Journal
The Mustangs beat San Diego Christian 4-1 and 3-2 in Lakeside on Saturday to complete a four-game sweep of the Hawks and move into a share of first place in GSAC standings.
Brooks Earns 700th Win in Mustang Sweep of San Diego
In light of how far the group has already come, TMU track and field coach Zach Schroeder is confident his 4x800-meter relay can go a little faster.
TMU Track & Field Shines at Westmont Collegiate Classic
The Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 28, starting at 8:30 a.m.
March 28: Parks, Recreation, Community Services Special Meeting
The Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees will hold a joint business meeting with representatives of the Associated Student Government at College of the Canyons' Valencia Campus on Wednesday, March 27.
March 27: COC Board of Trustees, ASG Joint Business Meeting
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold its next regular and special meetings on Tuesday, March 26.
March 26: City Council Legislative, Special, Regular Meetings
On Friday in Lakeside, right-handed hitting senior Anthony Lepre's entire repertoire was on display in a doubleheader against San Diego Christian.
Lepre’s Big Day Powers Mustangs to Wins Over Hawks
A motorcyclist hurt and taken to the hospital Monday morning narrowly missed being run over by a big rig, one of the rescuing paramedics said.
Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash, Narrowly Misses Big-Rig Collision
California 38th District Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) authored and submitted 14 bills prior to the Feb. 22 legislative submission deadline, tackling issues like education, human trafficking, and public safety.
Smith Introduces 14 Bills for Current Sacramento Session
This year’s annual Castaic Dam Run at Castaic Lake on Saturday, April 13 will offer more fun for families as the event will also include the community’s first-ever Gnome Festival, featuring a Kids’ Gnome Parade.
April 13: Annual Castaic Dam Run, First Gnome Festival, Kids’ Parade
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain Timothy K. Murakami has been promoted to Undersheriff, according to a news release from the LASD's Information Bureau.
Murakami Promoted to LASD Undersheriff
After weeks of informational picketing and mediation, College of the Canyons and its full-time faculty members have reached a tentative agreement that would end an ongoing dispute between the two sides.
COC, Full-Time Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement
SCV Water’s FY 2018/19 Budget has been recognized, locally by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and nationally by the Government Finance Officers Association, for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
SCV Water Wins 2 Prestigious Awards for Inaugural Budget
Predicting that the public will not see the full report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, Senator Lindsey Graham noted Monday that material covered by executive privilege will likely be kept under wraps.
Graham Expects Some of Mueller Report to Stay Secret
A pedestrian is in stable condition after a man accused of drunken driving drove over a man’s leg on the 23000 block of Drayton Street in Santa Clarita on Sunday.
Deputies Hold Suspect After Man’s Leg is Run Over Outside Homeless Shelter
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Court Services Division Chief Robin Limon has been promoted to Assistant Sheriff for LASD, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.
LASD Promotes Robin Limon to Assistant Sheriff
1889 - Castaic School District established [story]
Castaic siding
Shutters clicked and lightbulbs flashed as the nominees for 2019 SCV Man and Woman of the Year were announced Wednesday at the annual "Paparazzi Party."
Nominees for SCV Man, Woman of Year Unveiled
1922 - Wyatt Earp's wife thanks William S. Hart for defending her husband's honor [story]
Wyatt Earp story
The California Highway Patrol closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Gorman School Road and southbound lanes at Frazier Mountain Park Saturday afternoon to clean up after multi-vehicle crashes in two locations.
Lanes Reopened After Multiple-Vehicle Crashes Close I-5 in Grapevine
1886 - Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Washington state; launched John Wayne's career in Placerita Canyon [watch]
Governor Gavin Newsom Friday proclaimed a state of emergency throughout California ahead of the coming fire season, directing his administration to immediately expedite forest management projects that will protect 200 of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities.
Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency on Wildfires
For the second time in as many years here, a Mustang barreled to the rim in the closing seconds and scored a game-tying basket, only for the opposition to land a jarring counterpunch. This time no overtime was necessary.
Men’s Hoops: TMU Falls on Buzzer-Beater in NAIA First Round
As Master's concluded the Battle at Primm in Nipton, California, on Tuesday, the tournament's bright spot remained Karsten Briley's ridiculously low second round a day earlier.
TMU Men’s Golfers Prep for Fast Turnaround After Primm
College of the Canyons placed golfers in the top three individual spots on the way to winning its fourth straight conference tournament with a five-man score of 367 at Antelope Valley Country Club on Monday.
Wakaari Medals Again, Cougs Win Fourth Straight
College of the Canyons' men's swim team won a relay event and combined for eight top-five finishes to lead the Cougars to a third-place team result during the Western State Conference meet held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 16.
Cougars Swim to Third at Home WSC Meet
College of the Canyons won a combined nine events and finished runner-up in six more during a strong showing at the non-conference Bakersfield College Relays on Saturday, March 16.
Cougars Track & Field Roars at BC Relays
The city of Santa Clarita will host a public ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the Sierra Highway Pedestrian Bridge and Street Improvement Project on Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m.
March 29: City to Dedicate New Sierra Highway Pedestrian Bridge
Nearly two years in the making, Special Counsel Robert Mueller confidentially submitted his report Friday on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but it remains unclear as to when, or whether, Attorney General William Barr will make the report public.
Mueller Submits Long-Awaited Report on Russian Meddling in US Election
The Civilian Oversight Commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will host its monthly commission meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 26: Oversight Panel to Focus on LASD Secret Subgroups, ICE Policy, Sheriff’s Actions
The students in California State University, Northridge Finance 491A and 491B: Student Portfolio Seminar are outperforming finance professionals and turning nearly $5 million of investments into scholarships, research and other opportunities for the university.
Students Beat the Markets in Managing CSUN’s Portfolio
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the city of Santa Clarita on Monday, March 25, between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.
March 25: LASD Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety Operation in Santa Clarita
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, March 26, starting at 1 p.m.
March 26: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
California consumers are applying for clean-vehicle rebates at a record pace as demand for the cleanest vehicles on the market skyrocketed over the past year.
Sales of Electric Cars Breaking Records in California
As long-sparring foes, Cemex and the city of Santa Clarita enter what appears to be the final 16 months of their rocky relationship. A recent lawsuit filed by the former against the latter was done without fanfare and withdrawn just as quietly.
Cemex Silent on Dismissal of Suit Against City of Santa Clarita
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested an unidentified couple in Castaic on felony vandalism and misdemeanor drug and theft charges on Wednesday, station officials reported Friday.
Napping Couple Nabbed in Castaic on Vandalism, Drug Charges