A man accused of running an illegal gun sales operation out of his home continues to be held at the Maguire Jail, pending $100,000 bail. Defendant Antonio Infante was arrested several weeks ago and his initial bail had been set at $250,000. It has since been reduced twice.
A spokesperson for the San Mateo Police Department said they were first put on Infante’s trail after neighbors placed a tip that they believed drugs were being sold out of the home. Officers began monitoring the residence and pulled over an alleged customer after he left the defendant’s house. He was found to be in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. It was also determined that he was not yet of legal age to purchase a gun. A search of his car uncovered a cell phone which contained voice, text and picture messages relating to the sale.
Officers reportedly coordinated with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force to execute a raid of Infante’s residence. Law enforcement personnel close to the operation said several hundred rounds of ammunition were confiscated. An automatic firearm, three loaded guns and a fourth unloaded gun were found inside the defendant’s car. One of the weapon’s serial number had been removed. It is not believed that any of the guns were stolen or had been previously used to commit a crime.
Infante is a convicted felon and is prohibited by law from owning a gun. He is being charged with felony possession of a concealed firearm. He was also charged with selling a firearm to a minor. He is scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29.
The defendant has pled not guilty on all counts. It is unclear whether he or his family have plans to hire an expert bondsman in San Mateo.