A rocket launcher, body armor, ammunition, suspected methamphetamine, pit bull puppies and two children were discovered in a series of Southern California raids, say LA County sheriff's officials.
Suspected drugs and weapons were seized, the puppies were taken by animal control, and the children were removed and placed into the custody of child services on Wednesday, officials said in a release.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson Explosives detectives determined the AT-4 (Anti-Tank) rocket launcher was inoperable. The rocket launcher, which appears to be a military weapon, was designed to only be fired one time and cannot be reloaded. It lacks a serial number and therefore determining its origins may not be possible.
Operation Safe Streets (OSS) gang investigators assigned to Lakewood Sheriff’s Station developed information during an attempt murder incident which led to officials serving search warrants on eight locations -- one in Compton, one in Long Beach, six in Paramount.
Four suspects were arrested: Jose Gutierrez on suspicion of possession of the rocket launcher, ammunition and drugs; Jimmy Regalado on suspicion of drug charges; Armando Nunez for vandalism and possession of ammunition; Jorge Galvan on an outstanding warrant. Officials said all four suspects are gang members.
This story has been updated.