The suspects – whose names are being withheld until they’re taken into custody, most likely within the next few days – were not located on the property and will be charged with numerous felony firearms-related offenses, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release; including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of short-barreled rifles, possession of a sound suppressor, possession of assault weapons and criminal conspiracy.

Thirty-eight firearms, including 12 assault-type firearms that are suspected to be unregistered were confiscated from a Mount Shasta home on Friday, March 19 by the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team.

The suspects – whose names are being withheld until they’re taken into custody, most likely within the next few days – were not located on the property and will be charged with numerous felony firearms-related offenses, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release; including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of short-barreled rifles, possession of a sound suppressor, possession of assault weapons and criminal conspiracy.

Better known as SUMIT – a Department of Justice and Bureau of Investigations-led multi-agency drug and general investigative team – received information a local resident was in possession of firearms he was not entitled to own or possess, the press release states.

Investigation revealed the suspect’s wife was involved in a series of illegal firearms purchases and the main suspect was suspected to be affiliated with a criminal street gang, the Sheriff’s Office said.

SUMIT investigators, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office deputies, officials from the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office, and officers from the California Highway Patrol served a search warrant at the suspects’ residence. During a search of the property and residence, agents located gang-related clothing and the cache of firearms, as well as a functioning sound suppressor, which fit five of the firearms, 100 high capacity magazines, numerous firearms component parts, and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

“SUMIT is a great local resource all agencies can call upon to investigate any major crime, although their main focus is the investigation of major drug trafficking organizations in Siskiyou County,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “Their emphasis is on hard drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, illicit prescription drugs, and occasionally, they seize concentrated cannabis and other marijuana products. SUMIT is supported by SCSO, Yreka Police Department, CHP, CA DOJ, Bureau of Land Management, and part-time support is provided by the Lake Shastina Police Department, Siskiyou County Probation Department, and the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. The Weed Police Department has indicated they will soon fill their vacant position on SUMIT. During 2018, SUMIT, led by Commander and Special Supervising Agent Ryan Maki, made 61 arrests, conducted 32 search warrant operations, seized 12,412 grams of methamphetamine, 617.28 lbs. of marijuana, 314.2 grams of concentrated cannabis, 10,644.3 grams of heroin, 9.8 grams of cocaine, 378 illegal prescription pills were confiscated, along with 83 firearms that were illegally possessed by suspects. SUMIT has been operating in the county for more than 30-years and they do exemplary work to curtail illicit drug trafficking and as noted in this latest investigation, they make our streets and communities safer by working a variety of major crime investigation in partnership with or independent of virtually all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in Siskiyou County.”

The investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Supervising Special Agent Ryan Maki at (530) 842-8374.