OAKLAND -- A traffic stop by California Highway Patrol officers in East Oakland led to the seizure of high-powered assault weapons, drugs and cash and the arrest of one man, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect, who was arrested Friday night, was identified as Dion Dontae Moses, 33, who the CHP said was linked to a home in San Ramon where some of the guns and narcotics were recovered.

Moses has been charged with six counts of possession of an assault weapon, one count of manufacture or sale of a large capacity magazine, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a city and possession of cocaine for sale. He has pleaded not guilty and is due in Alameda County Superior Court on June 26 for a pretrial hearing. He is being held in lieu of $410,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail.

Dion Moses (Courtesy Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)
Dion Moses (Courtesy Alameda County Sheriff's Office)

Moses was driving a 1992 white Lexus that did not have license plates when he was stopped about 10 p.m. Friday night on Foothill Boulevard east of Seminary Avenue by CHP officers working an Operation Cease Fire assignment, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.

When the officers talked to Moses, they suspected he was possibly under the influence because they could smell alcohol on him and his speech was slurred and his eyes glazed, Morgan said.

Officers then found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of Moses' pants, Morgan said.

Also inside the Lexus officers found a fully automatic high-powered rifle, several high-capacity ammunition magazines, body armor, marijuana, more than $1,000 in cash and items consistent with those used to commit other crimes, Morgan said.


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Morgan said further investigation revealed Moses was linked to a home in San Ramon and a warrant to search the home was served Saturday. Morgan said Moses did not live in San Ramon but at an address out of Oakland. He would not say where.

At the San Ramon house, officers seized five fully automatic high-powered rifles, one semi-automatic handgun, multiple high-capacity ammunition magazines containing more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine and approximately $6,000 in cash, authorities said.

Morgan said the investigation is continuing.