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Thursday September 15th, 2022 :: 11:21 a.m. PDT

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News Story-Manufacturing and Distributing Machine Guns Arrest

Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested for Manufacturing and Distributing Machine Guns
Report Number: 22-117285
Location: 1500 Block of Rory Lane, Simi Valley
Date & Time: 09/09/2022, at 5:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Gun Violence Reduction Program (GVRP)
Narcotics Street Team (NST)
 
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age
 
(S) Andrew Duran
 
 
Simi Valley
 
35
 
Narrative:
 
 
 
Detectives with the Gun Violence Reduction Program concluded an investigation into Andrew Duran for unlawfully manufacturing and distributing machine guns throughout Ventura County. 
 
During the month of September 2022, detectives with the Narcotics Street Team (NST) received information that Andrew Duran was involved in unlawful firearm activities. Detectives assigned to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Gun Violence Reduction Program (GVRP) immediately initiated an investigation into Duran. Through the investigation, detectives learned Duran was manufacturing and distributing firearms and firearm components intended to turn semi-automatic handguns into fully automatic machine guns through the use of a 3D Printer. Detectives also learned Duran had a criminal history that prohibited him from owning or possessing firearms.
 
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Duran and his residence, located in the 1500 Block of Rory Lane in Simi Valley. On September 9th, 2022, at about 5:00 PM, detectives detained Duran and executed the search warrant at his residence. As a result of the search warrant, detectives located and seized multiple 3D printed firearms, firearm components which were intended to turn semi-automatic handguns into fully automatic machine guns and an amount of methamphetamine which was possessed for the purposes of sales. Detectives also recovered a loaded handgun which was reported to be stolen from a residence in Thousand Oaks.
 
Duran was arrested and booked for various firearm and narcotic offenses, including Penal Code § 32625(a) [Possess Machine Gun], Penal Code § 496 [Possess Stolen Property], Penal Code § 30305(a)(1) [Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition], Health and Safety Code § 11370.1 [Possession of a Controlled Substance with a Loaded Firearm], Health and Safety Code § 11378  [Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance] and Welfare and Institutions Code § 8103(f) [Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm].  Duran is currently out of custody in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
 
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Gun Violence Reduction Program is an investigative unit funded by a grant from the California Department of Justice. The grant funding supports the efforts of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to reduce gun violence by conducting investigations related to the seizure of firearms and ammunition from persons who are prohibited from possessing them.
 
 
Prepared by: Detective Cory Woodward
 
 
News Release Date: 09/15/2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Cory Woodward
[email protected]
805-383-8722
 
 
Approved by:
 
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Slominski
 
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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org
 
 

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