Drug call leads to weapons cache in Tangipahoa Parish

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Posted: Mar 11, 2010 2:10 AM by Matthew Wattigny
Updated: Mar 11, 2010 3:27 AM
Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: Tangipahoa Parish, arrest, weapons, rifles, marijuana, drugs, sheriff's office, hotel room

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.

Michael Caruso mugshot Roberto Sanchez, Jr. mugshot

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