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O.C. man charged with having weapons, potentially explosive devices

Hazardous explosives sit in the driveway of a home on Fairlane Road in Laguna Niguel, where the Orange County sheriff's bomb squad was sent to evaluate and remove military ordnance found after a domestic disturbance call.
(Rob Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Prosecutors on Monday charged a 56-year-old Laguna Niguel man with four felonies after he was arrested on suspicion of possession of weapons, including a machine gun, and potentially explosive devices.

The Orange County district attorney’s office said Juan Jesus Martinez was charged with one felony count each of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device, possession of a destructive device in a private home, possession of a machine gun and possession of an assault weapon.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies went to Martinez’s home Sept. 2 on a report of domestic violence. Once inside the home, authorities saw a number of weapons and explosives.

Authorities said they found 30 to 40 rifles, as well as “several inert military ordinance and substances determined to be precursors to homemade explosives.”

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According to booking records, Martinez is described as a physician and has posted bail.

He also faces one misdemeanor count each of domestic battery with corporal injury and injuring a wireless device with intent to prevent a crime report.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

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