SANTA CLARITA — Valencia resident Joseph Yohanna was arraigned in U.S. District Court Monday on one count of possessing machine guns and one count of possessing unregistered firearms.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms said the weapons were found in his home during a search on Dec. 21. The firearms seized in the raid included a 9mm Uzi, .45 caliber MAC-10, .223 caliber CAR-15 and 9mm CAR-9 machine guns. In addition, they seized eight claymore mines containing plastic explosives, two incendiary devices, eight silencers, nine handguns, two shotguns and one rifle.
Also found were a quarter-pound block of TNT, 40 feet of detonating cord and 13 fuse ignitors.
The federal agents searched the home last month after getting a tip from an informant that the firearms were being kept there. But when the agents also found military explosives, they evacuated 32 homes in the quiet, middle-class neighborhood.
Friends, neighbors and relatives have offered strong support for Yohanna, a bodyguard for Interscope Records, since his arrest. About 25 supporters testified on his behalf at a bail hearing last month, rejecting prosecution comments he was a danger to the community and should not be allowed to post bail.
Bail was ultimately set at $350,000. His trial is scheduled to begin March 1.