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DePeyster man facing weapons charges

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A DePeyster man is facing weapons charges after guns were found in his uncle’s Ogdensburg home.

Dalton M. Perry, 19, of 4384 Route 10, was arrested Tuesday at 10:50 p.m. by city police at Belmont Courts and charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

He was arraigned Wednesday in city court and ordered held on $50,000 cash bail/$100,000 bond in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton.

City court documents stated that two semi-automatic pistols were found in the home of his uncle, Stephen C. Cadieux, 1009 Clark St. He found them in a trash bag in his bedroom, allegedly put there by his nephew.

“I flipped out when I saw the guns,” Mr. Cadieux said in a statement to the police, whom he called Monday night after discovering the weapons.

There were more.

Officers recovered and seized several rifles, semi-automatic assault rifles, high capacity clips, ammunition, handguns, and a U.S. government-issue protective armor vest valued at $2,655 along with some ammunition and high-capacity clips. Five long guns were seized, consisting of three, .22 caliber weapons, as well as a .243 rifle and a .300 caliber rifle, both fitted with scopes. Along with the rifles, two shotguns, a 20-gauge and 12-gauge, were seized. Also, two semi-automatic handguns were recovered. Both handguns were .380 caliber weapons with one defaced by having the identifying serial number filed off.

This is typically done to conceal or prevent detection of a crime for which the weapon has been used for in the past, according to Detective Daniel C. Mousaw.

Mr. Perry does not possess a pistol permit from New York or any other state.

Mr. Cadieux said he knew about at least five rifles that Mr. Perry brought to his house over the last six months for safekeeping. Two supposedly belonged to a grandfather, but the other three were of unknown origins as was a gun case allegedly containing rifle parts.

But it was Monday night’s discovery that got Mr. Cadieux concerned enough to call police.

“On the fourth and final time that Dalton came to my house.....on Oct. 7....was the final straw,” he told police.

Officials from Fort Drum confirmed that the ballistic vest was the property of the U.S. Army and not for civilian possession or made available for public sale or resale. Mr. Perry has never been a member of the United States military.

Mr. Perry also confirmed the existence of another weapon in his possession, a sawed-off, 20-gauge shotgun. The weapon’s barrel had been cut to make it more concealable.

No charges have been filed against Mr. Perry for narcotics-related offenses, but he allegedly possessed money that police found to be proceeds from illegal drugs sale.

“This incident is a testament to the growing dangers faced by our officers every day and a big win for the community as a whole,” Mr. Mousaw said in a prepared statement. “This seizure has taken some dangerous and deadly weapons off the streets of Ogdensburg, and has made an impact on our mission to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

The investigation of the weapons is continuing and further charges and arrests may be pending.

The police department was assisted by Drug Task Force members of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

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