DENVER (KDVR) – Denver police confiscated 6,000 pounds of fireworks during an bust in the city’s Mar Lee neighborhood Thursday night.
Two men were arrested at the business, which police paperwork identified as Jewelz Stylez Barber Shop in the 1100 block of South Sheridan Boulevard.
During surveilance of the building, police said they saw more than 20 customers arrive empty handed and leave with fireworks. Officers also said they saw a UHaul truck arrive and unload fireworks into the back of the building.
Officers followed the truck when it left, and pulled over the driver after a failing to signal and making an illegal turn. During a search officers found thousands of dollars of cash, a bill of lading for fireworks and more illegal fireworks.
The driver, 43-year-old Anthony Bernard was arrested and charged with unlawful use of fireworks. He is also facing a drug charge because police said he was in possession of suspected cocaine when he was arrested.
At the same time, the DPD Metro SWAT went in to the barbershop and discovered 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of fireworks, an amount they say is equal to what a fireworks tent or store might carry. Additionally, several guns were found upstairs in the building.
The barbershop owner, 35-year-old Julian Vigil, was arrested and charged with unlawful use and sale of fireworks, as well as possession off a weapon by a previous offender.