Hundreds of Weapons Seized During Firearms Trafficking Probe

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Authorities seized hundreds of handguns, rifles and assault weapons during searches conducted at three locations in San Bernardino and Kern counties in connection with an alleged weapons trafficking ring, authorities announced Wednesday.


Hundreds of firearms were seized in alleged an weapons trafficking investigation. (Credit: State of California Department of Justice)

Agents with the Department of Justice executed the warrants Tuesday at 13483 Cronese Road in Apple Valley, 329 Beardsley Ave. and 309 Beardsley Ave. in Oildale, according to a news release from the State of California Department of Justice.

The agents found more than 350 firearms, two WWII-era grenades and one mortar round, the release stated.

Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley were arrested and booked on suspicion of sale of an assault weapon, sale of a large capacity magazine and sale to a prohibited person.

At the time of the arrests the suspects were also in possession of an additional 50 firearms, the release stated.

According to investigative documents, “Seal was an official vendor selling firearms at California gun shows and Stoffel was a co-conspirator during Seal’s attempts to complete firearms transactions at gun shows without going through a licensed firearms dealer, as required under state law.”

Over the course of the investigation, Seal and Stoffel allegedly sold multiple firearms, including banned assault weapons, to undercover agents, the release stated.

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