Machine gun, weed and meth lab bring indictment
As El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Roberts and three other deputies approached 3450 Santos Circle in Cameron Park to do a mental health check and investigate alleged criminal threats, they noticed a rifle barrel sticking out of the bed of a red Toyota truck parked there. Roberts checked for occupants, but only found what he thought was an AK-style rifle barrel sticking out of an open box, along with various firearms parts, several military-style ammo boxes and the butt stock of another rifle.
Not knowing the subject’s intentions towards law enforcement, Roberts picked up the exposed butt stock and found the firearm to have a detachable magazine and flash suppressor. The weapon appeared to be capable of fully automatic fire. Roberts believed the gun, later determined to be a Japanese 7.7-millimeter Type 99 light machine gun, to be illegal. Also found in the truck were a tactical load-bearing vest, body armor, edged weapons, rifle scopes and binoculars.
According to an affidavit by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Matthew Garrett, Roberts had contacted Ramona McGee on May 11 regarding criminal threats to her by her husband, Joshua Bonn McGee. Romona told Roberts that she was separated from her husband and that he had threatened to kill her. Roberts then spoke with Joshua McGee, who “admitted he was distraught about his separation from his wife, but denied making any threats to kill her.” Therese McGee, Joshua’s mother, also stated that her son had said if Romona attempted to have him arrested, he would kill his wife and then himself.
The next day, the four deputies approached the residence to perform a mental health check, to ensure McGee was not a danger and investigate the reports of his threats. Their inquiry would eventually result in a federal indictment for the home’s occupant.
After finding ...