A two-week long investigation by state police led to the arrest of a man in possession of an arsenal of automatic weapons, marijuana and hallucinogens.
New York State Police troopers executed a search warrant at a residence in Wawayanda that led to the recovery of a cache of illegal weapons and ammunition that allegedly belong to 39-year-old Middletown resident Norwell Therien.
Police said the search resulted in the recovery of:
- Glock 9mm;
- Five assault rifles, including an Uzi with a 50-round magazine and a Calico 9mm rifle with a 100-round high capacity magazine;
- Two AK-47 rifles with 100-round drum magazines and illegal bump stock;
- Eleven illegal rifles;
- 32 high-capacity magazines that fit assault rifles and pistols;
- One pound of marijuana;
- A quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms;
- Thousands of rounds of ammunition;
- A stolen rifle from Rockland County.
Therien was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana, all felonies.
Additionally, Therien was charged with 11 counts of criminal possession of a weapon, 32 counts of possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Following arraignment, Therien was remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond. He is due back in court later this year to answer the charges.
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