OGDENSBURG -- A DePeyster man was held on $100,000 bond for weapons violations and possession of property stolen from the United States military after police recovered a weapons cache Tuesday.
Dalton M. Perry, 19, was charged Tuesday night at Belmont Courts, where he is a frequent guest, according to Ogdensburg police.
The police became aware of a weapons cache in Perry’s possession Monday, police said.
Several rifles, semi-automatic assault rifles, high capacity clips, ammunition, handguns, and a United States military ballistic vest were seized, according to police.
The weapons seized included three semi-automatic assault rifles fitted with collapsible stocks and fore grips, along with some ammunition and high capacity clips, police said.
The cache also included five long guns, including three .22 caliber weapons, as well as a .243 and .300 caliber rifle, both fitted with scopes. A 20-gauge and a 12-gauge shotgun were also seized, officers said.
Two semi-automatic handguns were also recovered, police said. Both handguns were .380 caliber weapons, and the serial number had been filed off of one of the guns, preventing identification, police said. Serial numbers are typically removed with the intent to conceal or prevent detection of a crime for which the weapon has been used in the past, according to police.
Perry does not possess a pistol permit, police said.
Police also located a camouflage military body armor vest with protective porcelain trauma plates. Officials at Fort Drum confirmed the vest was the property of the United States Army, and estimated the used value to be $2,655, police said.
The vest is not for civilian possession or use, nor is it available for public sale or resale.
Perry has never been a member of the United States military, according to police.
After Perry was taken into custody he admitted to possession of a sawed off 20 gauge shotgun, which was subsequently recovered by police. The weapon’s barrel had been cut down and modified, along with the stock, making the weapon more concealable, police said.
Perry was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree for possession of the defaced handgun, misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree for illegal possession of the handguns, and felony criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree for possession of the stolen ballistic vest, police said.
Although Perry was not charged with any drug offenses, he was reportedly in possession of money allegedly resulting from illegal drug sales.
Perry was held in custody and arraigned Wednesday morning in Ogdensburg City Court. He was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond, according to police.
The investigation remains ongoing and further charges may be pending, police said.
The Ogdensburg Police Department was assisted by Drug Task Force members of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.