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Assault Rifles, Bump Stock Discovered In Orange County Police Bust

Norwell Therien. Photo Credit: New York State Police
More than a dozen rifles and guns were recovered by state police in Orange County. Photo Credit: New York State Police
Thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by state police in the Orange County bust. Photo Credit: New York State Police

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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