Reporting Maria Medina
CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – A suspected white supremacist was allegedly stockpiling guns, military style weapons and thousands of rounds of ammo.
Investigators who uncovered the collection believed they were dealing with a drug dealer at first.
That arsenal of weapons included assault rifles, a grenade launcher and 20,000 rounds of ammo. All were allegedly stashed inside the home with his elderly mother living inside.
“I was completely shocked, and especially with what they found there,” said a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.
Through a search warrant for his Citrus Heights home, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Regional Gang Task Force first got a tip that David Laux worked as a drug dealer.
“He was just a pretty quiet guy,” the neighbor said.
His neighbors had no idea. Many who found out who they were living next to were too afraid to show their face on camera.
“I feel pretty shocked and a little bit scared considering I have four kids that live in this house, and they were in front of that house all day long on their bikes,” said the neighbor.
Investigators would get a judge to sign off on a search warrant after they say they witnessed people going in and out of the home. Once inside they made the startling discovery.
“The amount of contraband here, he was certainly committed to dealing these or supplying them,” Deputy Jason Ramos said.
Investigators believe Laux possibly acted as a gun dealer to white supremacist groups.
His neighbors say Laux may have worked undetected, but they’re relieved he’s off their street.
Theresa White has lived on the street for two years and says she had no idea what her neighbor was up to.
“It’s just amazing to have this happen in your neighborhood,” said White, who witnessed Laux getting arrested.
Investigators say they believe that Laux was also dealing meth, and that his arrest will likely lead to others.
CBS13 reached out to Laux for a jail house interview, but he refused.