Drug call leads to weapons cache in Tangipahoa Parish
Two men from Florida were found with a cache of high-powered rifles after Tangipahoa Parish deputies were called about the smell of marijuana.
Roberto Sanchez, Jr. of Boynton Beach and Michael Caruso of Delray Beach were arrested at a hotel. They are both charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance while in possession of firearms.
The sheriff's office was called about a complaint that the two men smelled strongly of burnt marijuana. Deputies say Sanchez gave them permission to search his car and hotel room. They seized a 50-caliber long-range sniper rifle, a handgun and marijuana.
Deputies got a search warrant to enter Caruso's hotel room. They say they found five custom AR-15 rifles with tactical optics; five handguns; more than 2,000 rounds of ammo and marijuana.
Investigators estimate the weapons and ammo are worth more than $60,000. The six handguns are described as "custom combat style" in a release from TPSO. Deputies say the 50-caliber rifle can shoot through concrete walls and, with proper training, a shooter could use it to disable a vehicle in one shot from more than a half-mile away.
Deputies did not offer details on why the men were in Tangipahoa Parish or their use for such high-powered weapons.
All photos courtesy of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. Caruso is in the black shirt; Sanchez, in the red.