Seattle police seized a cache of firearms and arrested a 34-year-old man who was allegedly selling the weapons and heroin from a home in Magnolia.
On Saturday, police received a tip that a 26-year-old man — who lives with his parents in the home — and a friend had an “arsenal” of firearms in the basement of the home in the 2800 block of 25th Avenue West, police said.
Police say an undercover informant contacted the two young men, who offered to sell the informant an MP5 submachine gun. On Monday, the informant purchased several grams of heroin and what they believed was the submachine gun from the men.
However, police discovered it was actually a .22-caliber rifle modified to look like a much more expensive and powerful MP5.
Police, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, raided the home on Tuesday. They seized three handguns and nine rifles, body armor, ammunition, a small quantity of heroin, SPD patches, a Pacific police officer’s badge and two suspected homemade explosive devices, police said.
The 26-year-old man who lives at the home with his parents was interviewed and released as police continue their investigation. His parents were apparently unaware the men were selling guns out of the home, police said.
The son’s 34-year-old friend, who also lives in the home, was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of firearms, police said.
Police are still investigating where the men acquired the guns.