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Weapons suspect a “gun enthusiast”

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The DePeyster man who was arrested Tuesday on weapons charges likes guns, according to Ogdensburg police.

Dalton M. Perry, 19, of 4384 Route 10, is 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.

Police are investigating the presence of numerous other firearms that were discovered earlier this week in a relative’s Ogdensburg home.

“He claims to a gun enthusiast for lack of a better term,” Detective Daniel C. Mousaw said Thursday.

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

He due back in court today at 1 p.m. for a preliminary hearing with legal counsel from the St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office.

City court and police reports stated the weapons included several rifles, semi-automatic assault rifles, handguns, three .22 caliber weapons, a .243 rifle, a .300 caliber rifle, two shotguns and two semi-automatic handguns.

Both handguns were .380 caliber weapons with one defaced by having the identifying serial number filed off.

Police also recovered a U.S. government-issue protective armor vest valued at $2,655, ammunition and high-capacity clips.

Mr. Perry does not possess a pistol permit from New York or any other state nor has he ever served in the military.

Mr. Mousaw said that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “is on board” in the investigation to help identify the origins of the weapons and armor.

More charges and arrests are pending.

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