Three military style rifles seized, Syracuse police 'glad to get them off our streets'

Courtney Sawyer and Kamar Boatman (Syracuse Police)

Three military-style rifles were seized after a six-month-long investigation into drug sales and weapons possession, according to Sergeant Richard Helterline of the Syracuse Police Department.

Officers say detectives stopped a car around 8:15 Thursday morning leaving 124 Melbourne Drive. Courtney Sawyer, 24, and Kamar Boatman, 33, were in the car.

Police say after a search warrant was conducted at the house and detectives recovered:

  • a Hi-Point .45 caliber rifle
  • a DPMS AR15 style .223 caliber rifle (that was previously reported stolen from Philadelphia)
  • a Smith and Wesson M&P .223 caliber rifle
  • a Ruger 9MM handgun
  • 10 grams of marijuana
  • $250 cash
  • ammunition for all of the weapons

Helterline says the rifles are AR-15 military-style rifles that are illegal to own in New York State under the SAFE Act unless they fit very specific restrictions. Helterline also notes that none of the rifles recovered were New York State compliant.

"They are all capable of using a large capacity magazine, many hold up to 30 rounds or more. These magazines are also illegal under the SAFE Act," Helterline said in an email to CNYCentral. "These rifles are extremely accurate from long distances and can fire a lot of rounds in a short period of time."

"We are glad to get these off our streets," he added.

Helterline says because Boatman is a convicted felon, it is illegal for him to possess any type of rifle or firearm.

According to officers, Boatman is being charged in Federal Court for the weapons possession under the offense of weapons possession by a convicted felon.

Sawyer was found in possession of five grams of Marijuana and 34 Alprazolam pills. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth and seventh degrees, officials said. She was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center.

The Syracuse Police Department Special Investigations Division was assisted by deputies from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office Air One helicopter aviation unit, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

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