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Rocket launcher, drugs, ammunition seized in raid at home

June 20, 2012 |  9:53 pm

A search warrant served Wednesday at a Paramount home resulted in the seizure of a rocket launcher, body armor, methamphetamine and other contraband, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Four gang members were also arrested at the home.

Detectives from the sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau served the warrant at the home in the 16400 block of Georgia Avenue after receiving information that they believed concerned a gang-related attempted murder and an assault with a deadly weapon.

Convicted felon Jose Gutierrez, 30, of Paramount was arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of a rocket launcher, silencer, ammunition and methamphetamine for sale. Jimmy Regalado, 25, of Paramount was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale. Armando Nunez, 34, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of ammunition and vandalism, and Jorge Galvan, 29, of Paramount was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

“We were looking for the weapons that were used in the shootings … and we were able to recover one gun, but ammunition from a couple different guns,”  Sheriff's Lt. Steve Sciacca said.

A handgun, silencer, ammunition for an assault rifle and a .357-caliber gun, body armor and methamphetamine were taken during the search. Deputies said the rocket launcher appeared to be military grade. It does not have a serial number, which may make it difficult to track where it came from, officials said.

Two young children in the home were placed in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, while several pit bull puppies were taken by the Southeast Animal Control Agency.

The home was one of eight locations in Paramount, Compton and Long Beach where warrants were served in connection to the case.


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