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Assault rifles found during search warrant in Prescott

PRESCOTT -- On Wednesday, January 15 at 7:30 am, officers from the Prescott Police Department and deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and the Rice County, Minn. Sheriff's Office executed a high-risk search warrant in an apartment in an apartment building in the 300 block of Dakota Street.
 The officers recovered two stolen AR-15 assault rifles and a large quantity of ammunition that had been stolen in residential burglaries in the Faribault area of Rice County, Minn. on or about January 6, 2014. Officers also found a quantity of cultivated marijuana estimated to be about 12 ounces and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia. The apartment had been rented by two people originally from Hastings, Minn.
 "We received information from detectives in Rice County that the stolen weapons had been sold to a person who resides in the apartment here in Prescott. Our investigation led to our obtaining a search warrant for the apartment from Pierce County Circuit Court," Chief Mike R. Bondarenko said. "Because we suspected the high-powered weapons were believed to be in the apartment, the building was evacuated and a tactical entry was made by the Pierce County Emergency Response Unit." The apartment was unoccupied when the warrant was executed. The police department is in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the occupants. One occupant was arrested in Red Wing, Minn. on an unrelated charge and is being held in Minnesota. "I am extremely grateful that we were able to take these dangerous weapons and another large quantity of drugs off the streets," said Chief Bondarenko.
 The chief thanked the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and the Rice County Sheriff's Office for their assistance.