A probationer caught with several illegally modified firearms — including a “cane gun” — as well as drugs and a stolen vehicle was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison.
Andy Ralphie Acuna, 35, of Jurupa Valley pleaded guilty last month to two counts each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of controlled substances while armed, along with one count each of receiving a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bambi Moyer imposed the sentence stipulated under the plea agreement.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Padilla, investigators from the sheriff’s anti-gang task force were searching for a pickup truck stolen out of Riverside when they located it on the morning of Nov. 16, parked outside the defendant’s residence in the 5400 block of 34th Street.
A probation compliance check was conducted at the property, and during the search for contraband, a “slam-fired shotgun,” also known as a “zip gun,” was seized, along with a single-fire gun configured to appear as though it was a walking cane, Padilla said.
Drugs and other illegal items were also located at the home, the sergeant said.
Acuna was taken into custody without a struggle. His 27-year-old girlfriend was arrested for probation violations, but was released on her own recognizance. No charges have been filed against her to date.
According to court records, Acuna has prior convictions for grand theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm and shoplifting.
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