NY troopers seize weapons and ammo cache from home

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Authorities seized dozens of illegal weapons from a home in Wawayanda, N.Y. (New York State Police)

A man from Orange County, New York, is facing charges for several felonies and dozens of misdemeanors after authorities seized a cache of weapons and ammunition as well as drugs from him, New York State Police said.

After a two-week investigation, state troopers with a warrant searched a home in Wawayanda and found 19 firearms, 32 high-capacity magazines, thousands of rounds of ammunition, marijuana, and hallucinogenic mushrooms on Thursday, police said. One of the rifles was stolen, police said.

Authorities arrested, charged, and arraigned Norwell Therien, 39, of Middletown. A judge set bail at $150,000 cash or $300,000 secured bond and remanded him to the Orange County Jail, police said.

State Police found:

  • 1 Glock 9mm pistol
  • 5 assault rifles, including an Uzi with a 50-round magazine and a Calico 9mm rifle with a 100-round magazine
  • 2 AK-47-style rifles with 100-round drum magazines 
  • 11 other illegal rifles
  • 1 bump-stock
  • 32 high-capacity magazines for rifles and pistols
  • Thousands of rounds of ammunition
  • 1 pound of marijuana
  • Hallucinogenic mushrooms

Therien was charged with:


  • Criminal possession of a weapon, 2nd degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd degree (5 counts)
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd degree
  • Criminal possession of stolen property, 4th degree
  • Criminal possession of marijuana, 2nd degree


  • Criminal possession of a weapon, 4th degree (11 counts)
  • Possession of a high capacity ammunition feeding device (32 counts)
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th degree