Complaints Lead Police to Arrest Parolee with 250 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks in Long Beach

6-28-17 Arrest

Photo of Wednesday’s illegal fireworks confiscation courtesy of Long Beach Police Department.

A 25-year-old parolee and documented gang member was arrested Wednesday by police after they discovered 250 pounds of illegal fireworks, a variety of ammunition and metal knuckles at a North Long Beach residence.

Irving Martinez was charged with prohibited person with ammunition, possession of dangerous fireworks and violation of parole, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $35,000 bail.

Authorities said officers with the North Division Directed Enforcement Team responded to the 200 block of East Adams Street on Wednesday at about 3:15PM to investigate numerous complaints regarding the sales of illegal fireworks.

During the investigation, officers discovered Martinez was a documented gang member and on active parole. A subsequent search of the residence revealed the illegal fireworks, ammunition and metal knuckles, which are illegal to possess.

On Friday, June 30, detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and filed two counts against Martinez who was subsequently charged with one felony count each of possession of fireworks/pyrotechnics and an ex-felon in possession of ammunition. His bail has been set at $125,000.

All fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are illegal to possess in the City of Long Beach. Violators may be cited and/or arrested with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:20PM with information on felony charges filed against the suspect on Friday.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.