More Than 1,000 Guns And Massive Piles Of Ammunition Seized From Los Angeles Mansion

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Law enforcement officers in Los Angeles seized more than 1,000 guns from a Bel Air mansion on Wednesday after receiving an anonymous tip.

The source alleged that an individual living in Holmby Hills, a ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood, was “illegally manufacturing and selling guns,” Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez said.

Early Wednesday, the LAPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant at the North Beverly Glen Boulevard home and discovered the cache of guns. They arrested Girard Damien Saenz, 56, an LAPD spokesperson told The Washington Post on Wednesday

Aerial images show stacks of weapons including hundreds of rifles, pistols, ammunition and manufacturing equipment.

LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said during a news conference Wednesday that he “had never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” calling the weapon arsenal “astounding,” according to ABC News.

A man, whose name as not yet been released, was taken into custody.

ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun confirmed in a written statement that the agency believed the suspect was “conducting illegal firearms transaction outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses,” CNN said.

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