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Why did a Pasadena top cop have all those pricey firearms? Feds raid home (MyNewsLA.com link): Federal agents seized about five dozen firearms worth tens of thousands of dollars from a high-ranking Pasadena police officer during a raid this year, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing newly released government records.
The Feb. 16 search of the officer's Sierra Madre home by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was widely publicized, but authorities did not identify the officer or detail what was recovered, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The cache of weapons was an enormous haul that took two trucks to cart away.
A federal registry of potential forfeited assets listed 57 firearms that were seized from the home of Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, who most recently served as the Pasadena Police Department’s spokesman and an adjutant to Chief Phillip L. Sanchez, The Times reported.
At Gourdikian's four-bedroom home in the San Gabriel Valley, agents reported hauling off more than 30 pistols, three shotguns and 20 rifles, among other weapons. The arsenal included small handguns as well as such tactical weapons as a $1,700 Bushmaster combat rifle, the records show. The estimated value of each seized gun ranged from $100 to $3,800, The Times reported.
Gourdikian, who has worked for the Pasadena Police Department since 1994, has not been charged with a crime, and city officials said the ATF search was unrelated to his work with the department. He remains on leave, city spokesman William Boyer said this week.
An ATF spokeswoman quoted by The Times said there was an ongoing federal investigation into the officer. The federal search warrant for Gourdikian's home remains under seal.
The spokeswoman said her agency has found law enforcement officers who were acting as firearms dealers, apparently buying and reselling weapons without a federal firearms license, a violation of federal law.
Mod: According to Transparent California (link), Gourdikian pulled down just under a quarter of a million dollars in 2016. So if you figure he has been on paid administrative leave now for nine months, that's around $187,500.00 for just sitting around on his tookus and doing very little. Good work if you can get it, I suppose.