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Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force members recovered 59 guns, some of which had been reported stolen, during a search of a Palacios home.

A Palacios man was arrested Nov. 8 after the Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force executed a search and arrest warrant and found an assortment of guns, explosive devices and drugs.

Officers searched a home on Farm-to-Market Road 2853 near Tidewater Oaks Subdivision in Palacios. Items found include 59 firearms and improvised explosive devices as well as methamphetamine, powder cocaine and crack cocaine.

Eight of the guns had been reported as stolen, according to a news release from Lt. James Orr, of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s office.

The bomb technicians from the FBI detonated the explosive devices at the scene.

Michael Gene Richardson, 60, was arrested and charged with four counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Additional charges of possession of a stolen firearm and federal charges of possession of explosive devices are pending, according to the news release.

The Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force was assisted by the FBI Tactical Team, which included bomb technicians, as well as officers in the Texas DPS Narcotics Division.

“The mission went very well with no one getting hurt ... A lot of firearms were taken off the street with the concern for the citizens of Matagorda County,” said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.

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