Stolen guns, possibly headed to Mexican cartels, seized during raid at Southwest Side home, sheriff says

Three people were arrested on various charges

SAN ANTONIO – A raid on a Southwest Side home led to the seizure of about a dozen weapons, along with stolen cars and police gear, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The operation began around 6 a.m. on Wednesday and involved several local, state and federal law enforcement officers working together.

Salazar said the group surrounded a home in the 9200 block of Port Victoria Street, then began calling for people inside the home to come out.

One man, Salazar said, tried to escape through a back door.

Detectives found the man hiding inside one of several stolen vehicles on the property, with weapons at his disposal, Salazar said.

They were able to take the man into custody peacefully, he said.

Inside the home, the team found a small amount of marijuana and a bag containing police gear that was stolen from a school district police officer during a recent car burglary, Salazar said.

However, he said, they mainly were looking for weapons inside the home, and they found about a dozen.

“We did find several weapons that we believe to be equipped with switches that would make them fully automatic weapons,” Salazar said. “A lot of those weapons that contained the switches, that had the switches attached, are believed to be stolen.”

While he believes a few of the guns could have been used to commit crimes locally, Salazar said he believes some possibly were headed south of the border to cartels in Mexico.

In all, three people were arrested on various charges.

Salazar said the investigation is continuing and could extend beyond that home.

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