RICHMOND (BCN) – Police on Thursday identified a man who was arrested Wednesday night when a search allegedly revealed several firearms and illegal drugs in his Richmond home, a spokeswoman said.

Cornelius Savage, 39, was arrested after police issued a search warrant at his home on the 2300 block of San Joaquin Street around 8 p.m., police Sgt. Bisa French said.

The search revealed 18 firearms, including assault rifles, two AK-47 rifles, handguns, and an M16 rifle, among others, French said.

In addition, police found a kilo of cocaine, a half-pound of methamphetamine, a small amount of ecstasy, and a small amount of marijuana, police said.

Police also recovered $2,000 in cash, which officers believe was made from selling firearms or drugs, French said.

Savage had an extensive criminal history of undisclosed charges. The search warrant for his home was part of an ongoing criminal investigation, French said.

He was booked in Richmond City Jail and faces charges of felony possession of firearms and possession of drugs. He was later transferred to county jail in Martinez, French said.

Police initially said Savage was on parole, but French said that he was neither on parole nor probation at the time of the arrest. The error was likely made due to his criminal history, she said.

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Comments (11)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    Sounds more like personal use than a “huge cache”. And I greatly doubt that the police found genuine AK-47 and M-16 rifles, more likely semi-auto clones. Shall we try journalistic integrity for a change?

  2. NRA Life Member says:

    Journalistic integrity in Northern California? Surely you jest.

  3. R RayGunn says:

    Oh man, there goes my connection. Now I have to get my drugs from the Berkeley Police, and they charge to much.

  4. Brady Bunch says:

    Sounds to me like the fellow had 18 weapons, in particular three modern hunting rifles….
    Its good to see the bad guy off the street. Its sucks to see a reporter still try to use inflammatory speech, in this case, assault rifles ‘the article selling words.’

  5. ChocoCat says:

    Gun owners are just stupid. Look at the comments here and as always, instead of condemning this gentleman and others like him who put gun ownership rights in jeopardy, they condemn a reporter for the accurate words he used.

    The only explanation is that gun owners are not very bright, because this is not an exception, it is the rule.

  6. Dawg says:

    @ChocoCat, why would you call the guy a gentleman?

  7. Game-tight says:

    You wonder why the media never reports the entire truth, like the dude was first pulled over by Richmond Police then they served a search warrant on his home because they thought he was a parole.

  8. ron perazza says:

    Well I’am Sure All his 18 weapons not logged in up at Saco Was Photoed before –
    Took A-K’s,Key of Coke,1/2 pd of Meth,Weed,Ecstasy,2-Gran out of the house –
    and Showed to the Press and had the house under Surveillance Web Cams out –
    side in the Surveillance van for 2-3 weeks
    And I Give Thanks to the person or Homeowner who Dropped the Dime on the
    Low Life who was going to use the Weapons on the Public who just happen to
    See the Dealing thug from their 2′-3′ floor behind mirror-glass windows or
    Public Safety Security Surveillance Web Cams from Dime Dropping Public.

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