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NYSP, Homeland Security find ghost guns in Ontario County; Hopewell man arrested on felony charges

On Tuesday a joint operation involving New York State Police, Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Inspectors resulted in a search warrant being executed at a residence in the town of Hopewell.

Mark Adams, 42, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, for possessing a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol in a vehicle he was operating.

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Troopers say the illegal pistol Adams was found to possess is referred to as a ‘ghost gun’ as it has no serial number and is made with unfinished frames, parts, and receivers – making it essentially untraceable.

Investigators and federal agents also found a cache of firearms, ammunition, parts, and high capacity magazines, along with specific tools and jigs to manufacture and assemble firearms.


Troopers say weapons seized included six assault rifles – two of them untraceable ‘ghost guns’; two additional untraceable semi-automatic 9 mm ‘ghost gun’ pistols; four rifles; three shot guns; numerous frames, receivers, barrels, uppers and lowers in varying states of assembly; multiple firearm silencers; and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a variety of calibers.

The investigation remains active.

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