RICHMOND -- Detectives found 18 firearms, including several assault rifles, at a home Wednesday night in the largest single weapons seizure in the department's history, police said.

A team from the Special Investigations Division served a search warrant about 8 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2300 block of San Joaquin Street, said Sgt. Bisa French. She added that the warrant was part of an ongoing investigation, but declined to release further details.

The weapons cache included assault weapons including AK-47s, M-16s, shotguns and an array of semi-automatic handguns. French said most of the rifles are illegal to possess in California.

"Eighteen guns at one time, that's unheard of," French said.

Police also found a kilogram of cocaine, nine ounces of crystal methamphetamine, all of which police believe was for sale. They also found a small amount of Ecstasy.

Cornelius Savage, 39, was arrested at the home. He was arrested and booked into County Jail on suspicion of multiple weapons and drug offenses. French said it was unclear why Savage, described as having an extensive criminal history, was allegedly stockpiling the weapons.



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