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Grenade Launcher Seized at Florida Traffic Stop

July 17, 2014  | 

It started as a routine traffic stop but ended with Orlando officers seizing a small arsenal of powerful firearms including a 37 mm grenade launcher.

Orlando police stopped Fritz Joseph, of Miami, and Delroy Blake, of Casselberry Wednesday, in a white Audi as the two rolled through a red light and made a right turn without coming to a complete stop, an arrest report said.

When police asked 33-year-old Joseph for his driver's license, he said he didn't have it but 29-year-old Blake handed his over. As the men were questioned, police noticed two rectangular gun boxes in the back seat of the sports car, the report said.

Underneath the boxes police could see the butts of two rifles poking out of a black bag. But when asked if there were weapons in the vehicle, the men said they were not transporting firearms, the report said.

Once police searched the car they found four rifles, seven handguns, two Tec-9s and one grenade launcher. Of the 14 firearms found, three pistols had been reported stolen, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Both Blake and Joseph are being held in the Orange County Jail. Joseph faces charges of weapons possession. Both he and Blake face charges of grand theft for the stolen pistols.

Tags: Traffic Enforcement, Orlando PD, Florida


Comments (8)

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Carlos @ 7/17/2014 3:26 PM

Quit being so dramatic. Those 37mm "Grenade Launchers" are not considered firearms or weapons since they can only launch flares. You can buy them online and do not need a Firearms Dealer license to do so.

I'm pretty disappointed with this blatant sensationalism of an item that is not even considered a weapon. Now as for the other items seized, especially the stolen handguns, that's a different story.

Randy @ 7/17/2014 4:08 PM

Thanks Carlos. The stolen handguns were plenty of news. There's no need for the additional false drama or at a minimum a report by someone who hasn't done thier homework.

Mac @ 7/17/2014 5:45 PM

So I guess someone would never shoot at anyone with a flare gun? I think that would qualify as a deadly weapon/insturment regardless of where you could buy it. I think the point is, the perps lied about having weapons of any kind and they were found to be in possession of numerous weapons. The report doesn't mention if they were prohibited possessors. Also, how do you know it was "flare gun" that only shoots flares?

Daniel @ 7/17/2014 8:36 PM

Mac, while you could shot someone with a flair gun, and I'm sure it would hurt like hell, the 37mm launchers that can be purchased by anyone without a background check cannot shoot "lethal" round e.g. grenades because those are for the 40mm M203 or similar launcher and will not fit in a 37mm launcher

Ralph Brown @ 7/18/2014 5:46 AM

The question is: Was it a pilfered or home built 40 mm Grenade Launcher or was it a 37 mm flare and teargas launcher? Other than that, even the 37 mm can be lethal with the right ammo. There are adapters to 26 mm flare, which then can be adapted to 12 gauge or other calibers from 410/45 colt to .22 rimfire. But then again, that doesn't sell in the news. Only the headline does.

Mac @ 7/18/2014 7:37 AM

I am aware of the difference between the military 40mm gernade launcher as appossed to, say, a 37mm launcher used by police agencies, which fire a nice assortment of rounds (love those wooden dowel knee knockers). I would just like to know the complete story regarding this stop. A nice pinch for the officers involved getting those perps and guns off the street. Good police work that.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/19/2014 8:09 AM

A clear violation of the suspects second amendment rights. He had every right to possess any firearm he wants as per the US Constitution. Clearly an illegal vehicle search took place. This will make a good test case at the supreme court once it gets there.

Greg @ 7/22/2014 4:23 AM

Here's the photos of the thug wanna-be's: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-guns-found-20140717,0,7172293.photo

Quite a haul, semi-auto Thompson, AR-15, MAK-90 and the evil Tec-9...and the grenade (flare) launcher that clips underneath the barrel of a rifle...woohoo! No pistols except the Tec to be seen...not scary enough I guess. This is like when during gun buy-backs, the local idiots show "We got us a grenade launcher" when pointing to a LAW tube...Impresses the low information civilian.

Sounds like one of the boys was a felon and had no right to own a gun (37 gun charges).

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