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Chico, Calif.—Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives conducted a raid Wednesday at a home at 3108 Aloha Lane in north Chico.

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:06 PM

Chico, Calif.—Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives conducted a raid Wednesday afternoon at a home at 3108 Aloha Lane in north Chico.

An ATF agent told Action News Now this was a result of an investigation and they are now executing the search warrant.

The man who lives at that home, 60-year-old David Martin, has been arrested for violating several firearm state laws.

The agents did not let us record the weapons or the home since it is an on-going investigation, but they did show our reporter at the scene all the guns that were collected.

The property appeared heavily protected with a camera disguised on one of the trees near his driveway.

Martin is a former Butte County Sheriff's deputy and reportedly resigned in 2001 and had a lawsuit with the county over a workers compensation dispute.

One neighbor who did not want to go on camera told Action News Now she was happy to learn he was arrested.

She said that Martin was known for causing trouble with neighbors and stockpiled several guns.

The ATF agent said they arrived at the home at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon and expected to be on scene for several hours.

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