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L.A. County Deputies Recover Rocket Launcher

June 21, 2012  | 

This AT-4 rocket launcher was seized by LASD deputies on Wednesday. Photo: LASD
This AT-4 rocket launcher was seized by LASD deputies on Wednesday. Photo: LASD

A search warrant served Wednesday at a Southern California home resulted in the seizure of a military rocket launcher, drugs, and ammunition by Los Angeles County Sheriff's gang deputies.

The sheriff's Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau gang detectives also arrested four gang members at the home in the 16400 block of Georgia Avenue in Paramount.

During the bust, deputies seized an AT-4 (anti-tank) rocket launcher, handgun, silencer, ammunition for an assault weapon, body armor, and suspected methamphetamine.

Deputies served search warrants at six locations in Paramount, one in Compton, and one in Long Beach. The warrants stemmed from an investigation of two shootings in Paramount in May.

LASD arson explosives detectives determined the rocket launcher, which had no serial number, was inoperable. The launcher was designed to be fired one time and can't be reloaded.

The gang members arrested include Jose Gutierrez, 30, of Paramount; Jimmy Regalado, 25, of Paramount; Armando Nunez, 34, of Long Beach; and Jorge Galvan, 29, of Paramount.

Comments (13)

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Deputy lee @ 6/21/2012 1:05 PM

Good job getting that type of weapon system off the street operational are not. Goog job!!!!!

Legal? @ 6/21/2012 5:25 PM

Is it legal to seize the rocket launcher even though it's in-op? Couldn't anyone just go to a surplus store and buy one? I don't see how it's illegal to have that. Meth and the silencer is another issue though.

Rick @ 6/21/2012 7:08 PM

Ammo for an assault rifle? That same ammo fits any number of legal non-assault rifles, and since CA's assault weapons law is so distorted, a legal non-assault rifle is a AR or AK that has a Monsterman grip or a bullet button. As for the launcher, if it is inop, what's the big deal; a potato gun made out of PVC would be more dangerous.

shawn @ 6/21/2012 7:10 PM

It is not illegal - it’s just a plastic fence post now that it has launched its rocket. I feel that it was identified specifically for the news media shock value rather than the actual threat of danger. Perhaps we were meant to fear the possibility of it being real and pass laws to restrict anti-tank weapons for personal civilian poession - oh wait, there are already laws for that!!!
I have a pull pin from a hand grenade from my servie in the Army - is that a restricted item now? Next they will want the inoperable drill weapons that high school JROTC's used in training. They will not be happy until we are unarmed and tagged!

May God bless America always!

cliff @ 6/21/2012 7:42 PM

illegal or not the rocket launcher pointed at myself would be returned with fire as I would not know at that second if it was loaded or not and I dont believe they had the item to just hang on their wall to admire it. It was being used to intimidate whomever they needed to and I am one glad the item was taken off the individuals!!!!!!

DaveSAM25G @ 6/21/2012 8:47 PM

The big picture is all of them combined...and purpose -
PARAMOUNT -- An investigation into two recent shootings in Paramount, including an attempted murder, led gang investigators to four suspects and a cache of weapons, including a rocket launcher, a silencer, body armor and assault rifle ammunition, authorities announced early Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies assigned to the Operation Safe Streets Bureau at the Lakewood Sheriff's Station served eight search warrants Wednesday, starting well before dawn and hitting six locations in Paramount, one site in Compton and one location in Long Beach, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Ronaldo @ 6/22/2012 10:30 AM

As a So. Cal. resident, I was shocked to find this story ignored by most of our major news-networks. No mention at all by KABC-L.A., which is now teamed with Yahoo and Mexico's Unavision. Our largest news-source now appears driven by political agenda to censor Latino-gang items and suspect-descriptions from their reporting.

Lakotah @ 6/22/2012 11:20 AM

You can walk into any Army/Navy store and purchase an AT4 tube, a LAW tube or any other military surplus. This is a one shot item and cannot be reused. My department took a LAW rocket off a drug dealer last yr. north of Houston. It was also inoperable. Better to remove them than give another officer the perception its live when it gets pointed at them because the drug dealer is jacked up or trying to gain a tactical advantage.

Lakotah @ 6/22/2012 11:28 AM

As for the media. Media outlets don't report the truth. They report what sells. Truth doesn't sell. Go to any other country other than the US and watch the news. No censorship or blocking out faces or shirts or the destruction the cartel just impised on innocent people. Reality is always better than hiding the truth and makes others aware of the actual danger instead of a false sense of security due to lack of reporting by the biased media. Telling everybody its ok is not always ok

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 6/22/2012 12:01 PM

Ho hum.

Chance Wolf @ 6/23/2012 7:29 AM

That AT-4 is a non-issue. It's a paperweight. Makes for a great photo aimed at people who don't know any better, but also ramps up the hysteria over stuff like that (M72 LAW tubes, M47 Dragon tubes) which helps nobody.

For example, you can buy inert hand grenades at any gun show and surplus store you care to name. People turn them into shifter knobs, cigarette lighters and novelty awards by the hundreds. So now if some gang establishment gets raided and a box of these things is found, are we also going to get:


Please. Irresponsibly freaking out the public is helping nobody.

AZBIGDOG @ 6/23/2012 7:36 AM

I agree that it was good to get it out of the hands of drug dealers and gang members. However if it is available for sale anywhere when it is inoperable then it is not illegal. And if for some reason you find one pointed in your direction, you would do what you are trained to do and that is to stop the threat. If they are stupid enough to point it at you and its a weapon, inoperable or not, then the gene pool will become much less shallower.

Greg @ 6/25/2012 7:04 AM

I wonder if they also found matches which could have been used to light a fuse on 1 ton bomb!? How about males with the equipment to rape hundreds of women? Mmmmm, how about enough gasoline in the garage to make enough molotov cocktails to burn a school to the ground with hundreds dead and burned!? OMG, what a major bust!

What a major nothing and the LAPD puffing up a nothing bust. How pathetic.

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