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California police discover underground hideout and shooting range beneath home of ‘known gang member’

February 10, 2019
Investigators found a manhole cover while combing though the home, which lead them downward to the secret hiding area, according to statement form the City of Fontana Police Department. (City of Fontana Police Department / Facebook)

The search of an alleged gang hideaway in California turned up an underground lair complete with a shooting range, thousands of rounds of ammunition and a a cache of weapons, police said.

The Fontana Police Department’s gang unit were serving a search warrant at the “residence of a known gang member” when they made the startling discovery Thursday night. Investigators found a manhole cover while combing though the home, which lead them downward to the secret hiding area, according to statement form the City of Fontana Police Department.

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Photos shared online show a rickety ladder just beneath the manhole cover as well as narrow rooms lined with blankets and string lights.

Last night members of the Fontana PD SMASH (Gang) Unit, served a search warrant on a residence of a known gang member. …

Posted by City of Fontana Police Department on Friday, February 8, 2019

Authorities said they recovered “numerous weapons” in their search, including a 100 round drum for an AR-15 rifle.

All suspects were arrested without incident, though they have not yet revealed the number of people taken into custody nor their identities.

“We will never give up on keeping our community safe and free of violence. We are champions at Hide n Seek and no man hole will help you. If you hide we will find you. If you run you will go to jail tired. if you do crime in our city, we will hunt you in pursuit of justice for our community,” officer wrote in a Facebook post.

“We strongly recommend that you put as much effort as you did in your underground cave, into becoming a productive member of society. You will thank us later for this advice.”

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