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Man arrested, cache of weapons seized

WAWAYANDA – A warrant search at a residence in the Town of Wawayanda on Thursday resulted in the recovery of a large cache of weapons and ammunition and the arrest of a Middletown man.

The two-week investigation led to the arrest of Norwell Therien, 39, on charges that he illegally possessed the weapons along with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Police recovered a 9 mm handgun, five assault rifles including an Uzi with a 50-round magazine, a 9 mm rifle with a 100-round high-capacity magazine, two AK-47 style assault rifles with their 100-round magazines, a bump-stock that fit the AK-47 rifles, 11 illegally possessed rifles, 32 high capacity magazines that fit assault rifles and pistols, one pound of marijuana, a quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. One of the rifles recovered was determined to have been stolen from Rockland County.


Therien and some of the
many seized weapons

Therien was charged with six counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana, all as felonies. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of 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.  He was sent to the Orange County jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond.

State Police in the Town of Wallkill were assisted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 


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