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Arlington man arrested on drug charges had a grenade launcher, multiple guns

Arlington police confiscated a grenade launcher and several controlled substances during an arrest July 12, Sgt. Karen Standback, police spokeswoman, said in an email. She said there were no grenades to go with the launcher.

It is not illegal to own a 37mm grenade launcher, Standback said in an email, but with a previous felony conviction he could face weapons charges as the investigation continues.

Police were executing a search warrant when they made the arrest and officers also confiscated multiple guns, the police chief said on Twitter.

Fernando Gonzalez, 32, was arrested on four drug charges and one charge of driving without a license, according to the Tarrant County website’s inmate search.

He is being held at the Tarrant County Correction Center. Bail for all five charges has been set at $14,650, according to the Tarrant County website’s inmate search.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson commended officers on the arrest with a tweet.

This isn’t the first time Gonzalez has had run-ins with the law. He was arrested twice in 2006, once with a felony deadly conduct conviction, twice in 2009 and once in 2010, an assault of a family or household member that was not taken to trial, according to the Tarrant County District Clerk website.

He has no record for possession of controlled substances in Tarrant County.

The Tarrant County website’s inmate search does not currently show any firearm charges against Gonzalez. Charges could change, be removed or be added as the investigation continues.

Standback said police are not releasing information on what exact substances or property was confiscated.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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