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California Drug Raid Nets AK Rifles Modified to Look Like Toys

September 11, 2014  | 

A two-month undercover investigation led police this week to arrest three men and seize more than 500 marijuana plants, eight pounds of processed pot, $45,000 in drug money and two assault rifles that had been made to resemble toy guns.

Following an anonymous tip, detectives targeted two San Leandro homes Wednesday -- one in the 14500 block of Maracaibo Road and one in the 2100 block of Marina Boulevard -- where marijuana was being grown and guns and cash were kept, police told the Oakland Tribune.

One of the more disturbing discoveries in the Marina Boulevard house were assault rifles apparently made to seem like toy guns, an officer said.

Police at the Marina Boulevard house found two partially assembled AK-47 assault rifles with orange plastic tips on their barrels, making the weapons look like toy guns. The colored tips are put on toy guns that otherwise resemble real weapons.

"It is frightening to know that AK-47 assault rifles capable of penetrating body armor worn by law enforcement officers were made to look like toys," said San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus.

Comments (3)

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Jason @ 9/11/2014 5:03 PM

All the idiots that criticize the Police for shooting somebody with a BB gun should read this article. I notice their comments are absent.

Tschako @ 9/11/2014 5:10 PM

And so it comes full circle. I get loads of airsoft ,and toy guns to destroy, that are modified to appear real, so the criminal can rob without the firearm enhancement when caught. Now, to ice the cake real ones are modified to look like toys, to create hesitation to shoot on the officer's part. I suggest everyone print out this article, and keep a copy at work to answer the media when you have to make the decision to shoot or not when confronted with either of these types.

Lance Biddle @ 9/11/2014 9:02 PM

Oh surprise! Guns with the barrel tips painted red! The first time I took one of these off a suspect was in the early 80's. I know I wasn't the only one. This is news?

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