Sus­pect out of jail af­ter 1,000 guns seized from man­sion

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LOS AN­GE­LES

A 57-year-old man was re­leased on bond Thurs­day, a day af­ter his ar­rest dur­ing a law en­force­ment raid on a Los An­ge­les man­sion that un­cov­ered more than 1,000 guns, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

Gi­rard Saenz was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of un­law­ful trans­porta­tion and of giv­ing, lend­ing or sell­ing an as­sault weapon, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported. It wasn’t known if Saenz has an at­tor­ney, and a mes­sage left at a num­ber for him was not re­turned.

He was re­leased af­ter pay­ing a $50,000 bond, records show.

Act­ing on a tip re­gard­ing il­le­gal firearms sales, po­lice and fed­eral agents served a search war­rant be­fore dawn Wed­nes­day at the home val­ued at mil­lions of dol­lars in the posh Bel Air neigh­bor­hood.

Guns were strewn through­out sev­eral of the home’s rooms, au­thor­i­ties said. It took about 30 law en­force­ment per­son­nel more than 12 hours to re­move all the weapons, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pho­tos and video from the scene showed stacks of ri­fles, shot­guns, as­sault weapons and pis­tols laid out in the drive­way. Oth­ers showed a floor stacked with boxes of am­mu­ni­tion.

The weapons will be item­ized and booked into ev­i­dence, po­lice Lt. Chris Ramirez said. “I had never seen so many weapons in my ca­reer of 31 years,” Ramirez said. “That’s such a big arse­nal in a res­i­dence like this, in this type of neigh­bor­hood. It’s as­tound­ing.”

The fed­eral Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives said in a state­ment that au­thor­i­ties re­ceived a tip about a per­son “con­duct­ing il­le­gal firearms trans­ac­tion out­side the scope of the fed­eral firearm li­cense” that the per­son pos­sessed.

Saenz is a long­time com­pan­ion of real es­tate mogul Cyn­thia Beck.

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