Police arrest Palos Verdes Estates man suspected of selling guns, drugs

Police arrested a Palos Verdes Estates man, recovered five guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, and seized plastic bags containing heroin and methamphetamine during a narcotics operation last week.

Brent LesliePolice photo
Brent Leslie<br />Police photo

Brent Leslie, 47, who lives in the Lunada Bay area, was arrested Wednesday during an investigation that began when police officers noticed an unusual increase in car traffic coming to and going from his residence, which is often an indicator of drug dealing, police said.

Police also suspected Leslie — who had been arrested by Palos Verdes Estates police officers seven times for drug violations, warrants and a traffic offense — was selling guns, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Leslie agreed to meet at a Redondo Beach hotel with potential customers that actually were undercover police detectives. When he arrived, the officers searched his car and discovered 13 small plastic bags containing 22 grams of  methamphetamine and 6 grams of heroin.

Leslie was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale of controlled substances and booked at the Redondo Beach police station.

Investigators then searched his house, where they found five unsecured firearms. One had been reported stolen and the other four were unregistered. Four of the guns were loaded, police said.

In addition, police seized a silencer, high-capacity magazines, and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, including tracer and armor-piercing ammunition for a large-caliber rifle.

Police also found several small plastic bags and two scales that often are used in drug sales.

The District Attorney’s Office filed six felony counts against Leslie: two counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition and one count of possession of a silencer.

Police reports will be sent to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators for potential federal charges.

Jail records show Leslie made an appearance in Torrance court on Friday. He was held in county jail on $130,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 9.

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