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Nicolas Serrato and Jesus Ayala arrested for possession of stolen firearms in Monterey County

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The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office investigators and SWAT team arrested two men for possession of stolen firearms after serving a search warrant at their residence near Gonzales Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nicolas Perez Serrato Jr., 22, and Jesus Dominguez Ayala, 27, at their shared residence in the 30900 block of Tavernetti Road at 5:18 a.m.

A search warrant was served at the residence as part of an ongoing investigation, deputies said. The search yielded in the recovery of 12 firearms, consisting of four handguns, six rifles and two shotguns, according to sheriff’s deputies. Investigators confirmed that at least two of the recovered firearms were stolen, and are investigating the other firearms.

Sheriff’s deputies also located several high capacity magazines. Upon questioning, both Serrato and Ayala admitted they knew some of the firearms were stolen, deputies said. Serrato was out on bail at the time of his arrest, deputies said. Both suspects were booked into Monterey County Jail.

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