Following a months-long investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort (CASE) team confiscated more than 70 guns and arrested a suspect.
The investigation, involving the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Walnut Creek Police Department, Pittsburg Police Department, Concord Police Department, CHP, California Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, started in July 2014. The investigation was launched because the suspect was allegedly trafficking guns.
Last week law enforcement officers carried out two search warrants, one at a home on Raymond Drive in Pacheco and another on 62nd Avenue in Oakland. In total, more than 70 guns were confiscated at the Pacheco residence including assault rifles, .50 caliber rifles, other rifles, pistols and shotguns. In addition, more than 100 magazines were seized, including 60 hi-capacity ones. Several hundred thousand rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.
Law enforcement officers arrested 26-year-old Alex Conley of Oakland. He was booked on numerous violations that include — felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal transfer of firearms, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. He is currently being held in county jail without bail. The investigation is continuing.
The arrest and seizure was a result of an investigation by CASE, a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, local law enforcement agencies and the California Department of Justice. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.
Information and photograph provided by the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office