LANCASTER – Gang detectives seized several loaded weapons, cocaine and drug paraphernalia while serving a search warrant at the home of an alleged gang member, authorities said.
The bust happened on Feb. 21 at a home on Raysack Avenue near East Avenue J-13 in Lancaster, and gang detectives arrested 37-year-old John Lawrence Robinson in connection with the bust, according to Sgt. Mark Marbach.
The incident was triggered when Lancaster Operation Safe Streets (OSS, gang unit) detectives developed information on a gang member who was selling cocaine and in possession of weapons, Marbach stated.
A search warrant was obtained and served by Lancaster and Palmdale OSS detectives, along with the assistance of the Lancaster and Palmdale narcotics teams.
During the search, detectives located:
- Approximately four pounds of cocaine;
- A loaded AK-47 semi-automatic rifle in the suspect’s room next to the cocaine;
- A loaded 9mm pistol; and
- A loaded .38 caliber revolver in the family room couch cushions.
Additionally, a large sum of money was recovered, along with scales, packaging and other narcotics paraphernalia.
Robinson was located a short time later, returning to his residence, and he was arrested on narcotics-related charges.
An additional large sum of money was seized from Robinson’s vehicle.
Robinson’s 10-month-old son was at the residence at the time of the warrant service, according to Marbach. The Department of Children and Family Services “MART” team was contacted and they removed the child from the home.
Robinson remains jailed on $415,000 bail.