Newport man accused of running illegal weapons operation

Some of the weapons and ammunition deputies seized during a recent search. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Some of the weapons and ammunition deputies seized during a recent search. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 man faces multiple weapons charges after investigators say they found dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home.

Donald M. Boyster, 69, of Newport is charged with possession of firearms by certain persons, criminal use of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a defaced firearm.

According to a news release from Sheriff David Lucas, Boyster's arrest follows a months-long investigation into an illegal weapons operation.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, deputies acting on a phone tip searched Boyster's home in the 2700-block of Mimosa Drive.

During the search Lucas said officers found 81 firearms; more than 19,000 rounds of ammunition in assorted calibers; 199 semi-automatic ammunition magazines (clips) in assorted calibers; a large stock of other firearms parts and accessories; materials used to make firearm silencers; a suspected stolen Honda 400 Foreman four-wheeler and other evidence.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Boyster turned himself in at the sheriff's office.

Jackson County District Judge Barbara Griffin set  Boyster's bond at $10,000 and ordered him to appear in court on February 4.

The sheriff's office is continuing the investigation and Lucas expects more arrests may be made.

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