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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released a photo of the weapons confiscated from the homeless encampment on Nov. 25, 2015.

A 59-year-old man was arrested after deputies discovered two apparently fully-operational machine guns inside a homeless encampment in an unincorporated area of Harbor City, sheriff’s officials said on Wednesday.

Deputies from the Carson Station were patrolling the area of Doble Avenue and Lomita Boulevard at about 6 p.m. Saturday when they located what appeared to be a homeless encampment on private property, a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated.

After making contact with Richard Cunningham, who was in a tent inside the encampment, they found what appeared to be two fully-operational machine guns, according to the release.

Authorities said the deputies also uncovered four handguns, two make-shift suppressors and an unspecified amount of ammunition.

Cunningham was arrested on suspicion of numerous weapons violations, the release said. He was transported to Carson Sheriff’s Station where he was booked and held in lieu of $166,500 bail.

The suspect was a previously convicted felon, sheriff’s officials said, providing no additional details.

Cunningham was arraigned on Tuesday, according to the Sheriff’s Department. A future court date was pending.

An investigation into the incident was ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to call sheriff’s Detective Arreola, at 310-830-1123.

Anyone wishing to leave a tip anonymously should contact Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477.