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Assault Rifles, Handguns, Suspected Narcotics Seized from Arizona Men's Vehicle

Sheriff's Department photo of weapons seized from a vehicle on Interstate 10 in Blythe, California, Dec. 5, 2013.
Sheriff's Department photo of weapons seized from a vehicle on Interstate 10 in Blythe, California, Dec. 5, 2013.
Two Arizona men were accused of transporting assault weapons Thursday in Blythe when law enforcement officers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 and found rifles, handguns and suspected narcotics, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Members of the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team assisted U.S. Border Patrol officers around 11 a.m. Dec. 5, Sgt. Kent Krisell of the sheriff's Colorado River Station said in a statement.

Border Patrol personnel stopped driver Jeffrey Luis Macias, 33, of Phoenix, and passenger Daniel Rene Torres, 22, of Buckeye, in a vehicle on the 10 near Intake Boulevard, Krisell said.

Macias and Torres were allegedly in possession of three AR-15 assault rifles and 13 handguns, including one handgun that was reported stolen, Krisell said.

"Macias was also found in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin," Krisell said. Field-testing of the substances was adequate to book Macias on narcotics charges, Krisell told Patch in a phone interview.

Macias and Torres were booked Thursday afternoon at Blythe Jail, according to inmate records.

Macias was booked on suspicion of two counts of felony possessing narcotics, transporting/sales and possessing assault weapons, and receiving known stolen property, according to inmate records.

Torres was booked on suspicion of transporting/sales and possessing assault weapons, and receiving stolen property.

Macias was released later Thursday on $50,000 bail, according to inmate records. Torres remained locked up Friday in Blythe. His bail was listed at $50,000.

Torres has a court date scheduled Dec. 9 in Blythe, and Macias has a court date scheduled Jan. 16 in Blythe.

The Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team is comprised of deputies and police based in the Blythe-Palo Verde Valley area.

Anyone with info about drug activity or any other criminal activity was urged to call the Colorado River Station at (760) 921-7900 or Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111.
Christopher Koda December 06, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Why are the writes of these articles so ignorant that they make stupid statements and have no clue. Example there were 2 AR-15 Assault Rifles. In fact the AR-15 does not qualify as an Assault Rifle it does not have the full auto function. But your ignorance and agenda is blatant.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Thanks for sharing perspective Christopher Koda. If you have a problem with the reporting here I suggest you take it up with the Sheriff's Department. Here's verbatim from the Colorado River Station statement: "The driver, Jeffrey Macias (33), of Phoenix, AZ and his passenger, Daniel Torres (22), of Buckeye, AZ, were arrested for possession of three AR-15 Assault Rifles and thirteen handguns, one of which was reported stolen. Macias was also found in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin. They were both booked into the Blythe Jail." Their phone number is on this report too, so have your say Sir.
Washy December 07, 2013 at 09:25 AM
He (Christopher) is an ass but he is kinda right Just because the police use "Buzz" words to scare the community doesn't mean a journalist should (but most reporters will) AR-15's are not military weapons Merriam-Webster Dictonary defines “assault rifle” as “any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use.” The keywords here are “designed for military use.”
Charlie B December 07, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Don't be knockin' our guns. We luv our guns, no matter how they get here.
Libi Uremovic December 07, 2013 at 11:44 AM
maybe the cops were mistaken or exaggerated their claims to boost their case...but it could be that the weapons were modified - which would bring them top price ... my question would be: were they coming here to sell them or was this strictly a delivery..?? a large supply of random weapons and hard drugs - it could be that they're just mules for a gang and not the actual buyers/sellers ....
Libi Uremovic December 07, 2013 at 11:58 AM
last month there was a teenage boy walking with a squirt gun that looked like a real weapon and the cops shot him & killed him.... i don't know anything about weapons - i didn't realize they made weapons out of plastic, but everything in the picture above looks like plastic .... in comparing the ar-15's in the picture above to the weapon the kid had - i'd say the kid's weapon looked more 'real & menacing'... kids toys should have to be painted in 'kids colors' to distinguish the difference ...
Alexander Cuttleworth December 08, 2013 at 12:06 AM
@Washy...'The keywords here are “designed for military use.” I guess criminals can't get, or aren't allow to use, weapons designed for the military. Hope the bad guys know that. And I agree with Libi, However, if the guys were mules, then they weren't just stupid. They were full-blown jackasses.
Washy December 08, 2013 at 08:04 AM
@Alexander I guess you cannot read or follow along the subject I was address is an AR 15 is NOT an assault rifle even if the police call it that. (or a reporter) The AR 15 was not made for military use therefore based on the definition of "assault rifle" it is not one (bet you felt smart for a brief second!)
Alexander Cuttleworth December 08, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I was referring to the weapon. I never mentioned the AR 15. However, since I misunderstood your post, I'm apologizing. My ego is not so great that I am unable to apologize. Does making rude remarks make you smarter?
Christopher Koda December 08, 2013 at 10:27 PM
So washy I am an Ass but you think your so called expertise makes you smarter. For your information the term Assault Rifle was coined by a news person not smart enough to be called a journalist. It was coined after the 1989 Stockton, California school shooting and the anti-gun politicians like Feinstein picked it up.
Libi Uremovic December 09, 2013 at 12:04 AM
californians shouldn't allow themselves to get sucked into the national mantra - we have enough weapon laws on our books and the laws of other states are not our problem except in situations like this where illegal weapons are being brought in ....

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