Up to 10000 stolen guns, 500 chainsaws found in South Carolina home of alleged …

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man Arrested For Having Over 7,000 Stolen Guns [VIDEO].

A South Carolina man arrested for drug trafficking had packed a one-man arsenal of up to 10,000 stolen guns into his home and a bunch of tractor trailers off a highway, police said. Five county sheriffs with over 120 years of collective law enforcement experience stood in a house outside Pageland, S.C., last Saturday and agreed that they had never seen anything like it.

Chesterfield County, S.C., Sheriff Jay Brooks tells the Charlotte Observer there could be as many as 10,000 handguns and rifles in the home and storage building of Brent Nicholson, 51, of Pageland, S.C. Deputies went to Nicholson’s home Friday night to serve him with a subpoena after he had been arrested earlier in the week on charges of trafficking opium and heroin, reports say. Authorities worked the scene for at least two days, and now have to go through the armory “piece to piece” to find the rightful owners of several thousand stolen weapons, Brooks said. Authorities don’t have an exact number on the size of the stash – their best estimate is between 7,000 and 10,000 – but it was enough to fill four tractor trailers. Over 100 law enforcement officers participated in the raid, and police hope to begin sifting through the thousands of guns on Monday in an attempt to return them to their rightful owners.

Officers also found more than 500 chainsaws, taxidermy supplies, hunting crossbows and 4-wheelers around Nicholson’s property — much of which was also stolen, Brooks said. It’s believed all of it was stolen. “There’s no evidence that he even used them,” Brooks said. “There’s no evidence that he was selling them – he just wanted them. According to police, the raid started Friday night and is reportedly part of an ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions that could have ties to counties in North Carolina as well. The Leviathan II, a whale watching tour boat, capsized Sunday off the coast of British Columbia, killing at least five people out the boat’s 27 passengers.

In his 30 years in law enforcement, Brooks told the Observer the largest stash of illegal guns he’d ever investigated was 50, “and that was considered an arsenal.” Nicholson has a “lengthy record,” according to Brooks. Searchers combed coastal waters scattered with treacherous rocks and reefs for one missing passenger after Tofino’s largest ship, a vessel with Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, made a 4 p.m. emergency call to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria based in Tofino. A fishing guide who volunteered to recover debris from the water said only the boat’s bow — bearing its Leviathan II title — was visible from the water. Rescue boats lined a dock in Tofino as first responders helped what appeared to be survivors step onto the pier, according to photos from another charter company. “Their looks tell the whole story,” Campbell told the Associated Press. “You can’t describe looks on people that are lost. Among other assorted items at his home, deputies also found over 500 chainsaws; hunting crossbows; four-wheelers; and taxidermed deer, elk, and alligator heads.

Deputies estimate that 99 percent of the goods are stolen, reported WBTV, though Nicholson most likely bought most of the items from other thieves who burgle homes, hunting lodges, and cabins. The raid began on Friday night, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and involved multiple agencies across jurisdictions, including the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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