Troopers seize 29 guns during drug investigation into Central NY man

    Syracuse, N.Y. — A Madison County man is facing 16 felony charges after police seized more than two dozen firearms from his home, troopers said Friday.

    Thomas R. Butts, 37, of Fenner, was charged with with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, 15 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and 22 counts of first-degree failure to safely store firearms.

    Butts was arrested Friday after police investigated a narcotics complaint at his South Road home in Fenner, said Trooper Jack Keller, a spokesman for state police.

    During a search, syringes and numerous glassine envelopes were found and 29 guns were seized, Keller said.

    Police took:

    • 12 handguns
    • 6 assault rifles
    • 2 assault pistols
    • 4 shotguns
    • 5 rifles
    • 18 high-capacity magazines
    • Several compliant magazines

    Butts is being held in jail on $35,000 bail, Keller said.

    Staff writer Fernando Alba covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, story idea, question or comment? Reach him: Email | Twitter or at 315-690-6950.

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