Police officers hit the jackpot Saturday in Fontana, California, when they responded to a call of a suspicious person by a storage facility and found a massive cache of guns, gun parts and ammo and the felon responsible for stockpiling it all.
Officers saw 57-year-old Steven Durant around 1 a.m. near a Uhaul truck and two open storage units containing guns, ammo and gun parts in plain view, said Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones in press materials. They asked for permission to search the unit, which Durant gave them, and they found several illegal AK-47 rifles.
Officers and federal agents later secured a search warrant and seized more than 400 firearms — many converted into machine guns — scrap parts to modify a gun’s action to automatic, and more than 20,000 rounds.
“I am very disturbed about the number and the types of weapons seized by our officers,” Jones said. “This represents the types of weapons patrol officers encounter on a daily basis and reinforces law enforcement’s need to have the proper tools to protect themselves and the community.”
“This is a significant arrest that takes hundreds of dangerous military-grade firearms off the streets and keeps them out of the wrong hands,” he added.
A background check revealed that Durant was arrested in 2013 by U.S. Marshals in Mesa, Arizona. He was wanted for escaping a prison program in South Dakota in 1997.
He was convicted in federal court in 1991 of unlawful possession and transfer of automatic weapons.
Durant now faces multiple charges for possession of illegal firearms and an explosive destructive device.