LACOMBE, La. (BRPROUD) – The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is reporting on a major haul of weapons that were seized on Friday, February 4.
It all started when a deputy was on patrol in Lacombe and “noticed a suspicious vehicle near a storage complex,” according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy got out of their vehicle and saw a woman sleeping in a car.
“Deputies then located the male, 37 year old Michael Malone of Covington, Louisiana, in an opened storage unit and observed all of the weapons,” according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The weapons are pictured below and a total of 41 guns were seized after deputies obtained a search warrant.
During the search, deputies also found “small amounts of suspected methamphetamines and marijuana, and drug paraphernalia,” according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
STPSO says, “Malone was a convicted felon and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest due to a probation violation.”
The Louisiana man is facing these charges:
- Fugitive on the outstanding probation warrant
- Contempt of court pertaining to a failure to appear
- Felon in possession of the firearms
- Possession of the firearms in the presence of illegal drugs
- Possession of methamphetamines
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Malone is currently in the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on $750,650 bond.
Sheriff Randy Smith stated, “Anytime a weapon is taken away from the bad guys and off the street, it is a great day. That means those weapons are not out there in the wrong hands where someone could possibly get hurt. This is an awesome job by those hard working and dedicated deputies, who are out there protecting and serving and keeping everyone safe. I am proud to be your Sheriff and we will continue to be vigilant in taking weapons away from criminals, who are not allowed by law to possess them.”