Illegal assault rifle, fireworks seized

GLOVERSVILLE — A Gloversville man is facing charges after he was allegedly found by police to be in possession of an illegal assault rifle, a large quantity of fireworks consistent with intended illegal sales and a volume of stolen property during the execution of a search warrant late last week.

Derrick R. Sweet Jr., 30, of Gloversville, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony; and unlawful sale of fireworks, a class A misdemeanor, by state police on Friday.

Sweet was located by police at a Johnstown residence during the execution of a search warrant, according to a police press release. The search warranted was obtained following an investigation initiated by the Gloversville Police Department into several burglaries and larcenies in the Gloversville area.

State police executed the search warrant in Johnstown on Friday in conjunction with Gloversville police, the state police Special Investigations Unit and the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Fonda.

Police say multiple items from the residence were secured as evidence during the search, including fireworks worth several hundred dollars and an illegal assault weapon. Officers also secured a number of allegedly stolen items including generators, powers tools and retail merchandise.

Sweet was taken into custody at the Johnstown residence and transported to the state police barracks in Fonda for processing.

Sweet was arraigned in Perth Town Court and released on his own recognizance. Sweet is scheduled to return to court on July 9 at 2 p.m.


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