A 47-year-old Beaumont man has been named in connection to a so-called "chop-shop" operation recently shut down by Yucaipa sheriff's deputies.
The operation was shuttered Feb. 5, when San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person wandering around a neighborhood in Yucaipa, according to deputies Henry and Giles.
The officials were checking the last place the suspicious person was seen when they say they found a large yard with several vehicles in various states of dis-assembly.
Deputies checked one vehicle - what appeared to be a late model full-size truck – and learned it had been reported stolen out of Rancho Cucamonga, according to a news release. Additional parts of the truck were discovered inside the residence, officials said.
A trailer found in the yard had been reported stolen out of Loma Linda, according to the release.
The Sheriff’s Specialized Auto Theft Task Force served a search warrant and gathered more evidence, which included methamphetamine.
As they searched the home, Beaumont's Michael Liranzo arrived at the home in a truck similar to the one being dismantled in the yard, according to officials. A search of his vehicle turned turned up an illegal walrus tusk, officials said.
Liranzo is suspected of possession of stolen property and could face narcotics related charges. The Walrus tusk prompted deputies to contact US Federal Game agents who have reportedly launched a federal investigation.