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Anaheim brothers arrested after police find arsenal of weapons

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Two brothers who were barred from possessing firearms have been arrested in their Anaheim home on suspicion of keeping an arsenal of high-powered weaponry and ammunition, including multiple loaded assault rifles, authorities said Wednesday.

Detectives acted on an anonymous tip that Esteban Muniz, 32, and Jose Muniz, 24, had a large amount of weaponry and ammunition in their home in the 200 block of Chantilly Street in Anaheim.

"These individuals are not allowed to possess firearms," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. Both have criminal records that prohibited them from possessing the weapons.

The Muniz brothers were arrested Tuesday after detectives found high-powered weaponry including AK-47s, flak jackets, a baton, high-capacity magazines and cartons of ammunition at the home.

Bertagna said ammunition discovered in the home matched only some of the weapons. The brothers had bullets for firearms not found in the home.

"All the weapons found in the house were loaded and ready to be used," Bertagna said, noting that three of the brothers' children, ranging in age from 10 to 16, were in the home and had easy access to the weapons. "There was an AK-47 in the closet near where the family hung out."

The men, who are suspected of being involved in gang activity, were transferred to the Orange County jail Wednesday to await arraignment.

"One of our biggest concerns is that these items are no longer on the streets," Bertagna said.

In addition to the weapons seized at the Muniz home, the Santa Ana Police Department reported confiscating 58 weapons from individuals in January.

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Photo: Santa Ana police recovered an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, including some pictured above, from two Anaheim brothers. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department

 
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