BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Three suspects were arrested after several firearms were dug up from the backyard of a home, according to police.
On Feb. 28, at about 4:30 p.m., deputies from the Sheriff’s Lamont Substation went to 4923 Mayfair Ct, regarding a report of people digging up firearms on the property.
Deputies said they contacted 23-year-old Nolberto Quintero, from Bakersfield, and found him with pepper spray and marijuana.
The deputies began an investigation and learned enough to get a search warrant to search for firearms and ammunition.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Lamont Substation, Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Section, Street Enforcement Unit and the Sheriff’s K9 unit executed the search warrant.
Deputies said they found and dug up a cache of firearms and over 1,500 rounds of various caliber live ammunition from the side of the home. According to officials, the firearms were buried in the ground, inside of a truck cross bed toolbox.
Officials said the guns consisted of 3 revolvers, 9 shotguns and 13 rifles, all of various calibers. Two of the shotguns had the barrels sawed off below the legal limit of 18 inches. One of the rifles was a high powered SKS rifle with two 30 round magazines. An additional .38 caliber revolver was located in a plastic bag in the backyard, hidden under a pile of dog feces.
Officials also said they found two bags of suspected marijuana, totaling less than one ounce, and less than one gram of methamphetamine near where the cache of firearms were dug up. An additional quantity of marijuana, under an ounce, and scales were located inside the home, according to officials.
Deputies said they arrested 22-year-old Raul Gomez, a resident of the home, for two counts of possession of short barreled shotguns; Quintero for felon in possession of pepper spray and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and 32-year-old Roman Moreno, from a separate home on Mayfair Ct, for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
All three suspects were booked into the Kern County Jail on the above listed charges.
The investigation is continuing.