Police arrested four people and seized 21 illegal weapons, ammunition and drugs after serving search warrants at two San Francisco homes last week, authorities said Monday.
Federal and local agencies identified social media accounts listing firearms for sale and worked together in the investigation that led to two residences, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said in statements. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also assisted in the investigation.
Last Tuesday, ATF agents and San Francisco police officers served search warrants and seized 17 guns at a home in the Bay View District and another four at a home in the Southern District.
They also arrested John Sembrano, Kadkda Mean, Kelly Mean and Ryan Chantha on multiple charges including the illegal sale of firearms, being a felon in possession of firearms and being armed while in possession of narcotics.
It wasn't immediately known if those arrested had retained attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
Investigators later determined that several of the seized firearms were stolen, authorities said.
Chantha and Kakada Mean were scheduled to be arraigned Monday. The arraignment for John Sembrano and Kelly Mean is scheduled for Dec. 16, prosecutors said.
“Nationwide, 2021 is on pace to be the worst year for gun violence in decades, according to the Gun Violence Archive — and our own statistics locally show that San Francisco is no exception to the national trend,” San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott said.
He added: “This joint operation with our partners at ATF and in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will hold these firearms traffickers accountable."