Police Discover Large Stash of Guns in Albert Lea Home

Posted at: 11/14/2012 5:41 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 6:21 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s a discovery has some neighbors concerned, a large supply of weapons at a home in a seemingly quiet Albert Lea neighborhood.

Now, three people are awaiting serious charges.

"It was brought to our attention that this eleventh street address had multiple firearms and quantities of drugs," said Albert Lea Police Lieutenant J. D. Carlson.

It was around one o'clock Tuesday morning that law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a home on the edge of Albert Lea. There were four adults and a ten year old in the house at the time.

"Approximately 43 to 45 firearms were located in this one residence. The problem is the occupants of the residence were felons. They're not to obtain or possess firearms," Lt. Carlson told us.

Investigators say there were also drugs in the house.

"Mushrooms, marijuana and meth were all identified as well," said Lt. J. D. Carlson.

It was disturbing news for neighbors.

"It's quiet, nice, I like it," Ashley Van Ryswyk told us. She lives in the neighborhood.  “I've been here six, seven years and I've never heard anything. never had any problems at all since we've been here."

One of the adults was released by investigators, and the ten year old was turned over to a relative.

Three other adults, 34-year-old Lacy Carlsen, 48-year-old Brock Eckstein, and 50-year-old Erwin Eckstein, all of Albert Lea, remain in custody and are expected to be formally charged on Thursday.

“It made me nervous, like I guess it can happen anywhere,” said neighbor Ashley Van Ryswyk. “You always think you were safe, and that's not always the case."