Officers in Santa Rosa arrested an alleged gang member after finding two firearms, illegal ammunition, and body armor inside his residence on Tuesday, police said. Detectives with the Police Department’s gang crimes team and its narcotics unit served a search warrant in the 2600 block of Silver Stone Lane around 3 p.m., according to Santa Rosa police Sgt. John Cregan.
The search of the residence uncovered a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with an extended 30-round magazine. The extended magazine is an aftermarket purchase that is illegal to sell or buy in California, Cregan said. The search also revealed a loaded .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and ballistic body armor originally designed for law enforcement officers.
The resident, Ronald Lamont Bell, 41, of Santa Rosa, was contacted by police just before the service of the search warrant, Cregan said. Bell is allegedly associated with a criminal street gang and had two prior felony convictions, prohibiting him from possessing firearms, ammunition, or body armor. Bell was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, body armor, and ammunition.
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