AGUA DULCE, California — He was ready to be an army of one.
Police in California were stunned to discover over 550 firearms stashed in the home of an ex-con after receiving a tip that he was amassing a large arsenal of weapons.
Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff found the weapons cache last week when they executed a search warrant at the home of Manuel Fernandez in a rocky, mountainous community 45 miles north of LA.
In the first search, cops uncovered 432 handguns, long rifles and assault rifles at the 60-year-old Fernandez’s home. Fernandez is a convicted felon and is therefore barred from legally possessing guns.
A warrant executed at a second home belonging to a female acquaintance of Fernandez’s netted another 30 illegal firearms. A subsequent search of Fernandez’s home revealed an additional 91 guns that were hidden within the house.
Detectives also seized computers, cell phones, and hard drives from the residence.
Due to the large number of firearms found, detectives called in the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to help trace where they all came from.
Fernandez has been charged with felony possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a large capacity magazine. He was released on bond.