Alleged Meth Dealer Caught Amassing Armory

The Temecula man had a slew of handguns, rifles and sawed-off shotguns in addition to methamphetamine, paraphernalia for sales, a gas mask, a riot helmet, surveillance gear, police scanners and decryption documents.

An accused methamphetamine dealer caught hoarding weapons and riot gear was arrested in Temecula.

Temecula resident Michael Ortiz, 32, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, being a convicted felon possessing firearms and ammunition, possession of steroids, altering serial numbers on firearms, and using narcotics, according to sheriff's Sgt. Vance Stolte.

Ortiz was arrested around 2 p.m. on Winchester and Margarita roads for being a parolee at large, the sergeant said.

Temecua Police Department's Special Enforcement Team then raided his home in the 29600 block of Monte Verde and found he was amassing an armory.

"Special Enforcement Team members located nine guns consisting of rifles, handguns and sawed-off shotguns. Officers also located over an ounce of methamphetamine, a sophisticated surveillance system, which included police scanners, digital cameras and documents encrypting police radio codes," Stolte wrote. "A gas mask and ballistic riot helmet were also located. The residence contained extensive narcotic paraphernalia, packaging and numerous other items consistent with the possession of narcotics for sale."

Two other people were arrested at the home.

Rita Basquez, 46, of Temecula, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, being under its influence and maintaining an unlawful place.

Anthony Offidani, 47, also of Temecula, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, possessing it and a firearm, being a convicted felon possessing a firearm, maintaining an unlawful place, possessing paraphernalia and being under the influence, according to Stolte.

Wayne Carter May 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
yeah tell em my nigga aint nobody fuck wit us ain nobody
Ashley Vizcarra November 19, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Omg some people are not that nice . I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I love mike to pieces he's my friend and I guess people who are his friends just really don't like reading that kind of mess right Curtis ? Anywho don't know why I felt I should say something I think I was just shocked at how mean you guys are frying towards each other . That's only the ones who were I'm speaking about.
Ashley Vizcarra November 19, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Woops I meant being not frying lOl
Sick wit it November 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Ya to Diana your fake as they come. Christains are supposed to love the lost not hate on them. Also as a Christain you wouldn't condone a brother sleeping with his brothers old lady who he has a kid by then marrying her and to cover it up your granddaughter calls uncle Johnny her dad because they dont want people finding out. The lame couldn't find any girls of his own so he took somebody else's. That's the real idea of scum. Your daughter and husband are scum.
Ethan Edwards November 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
WOW Diana, sounds like you have some huge issues.


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