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Feds: Edinburg man should forfeit guns

Feds: Edinburg man should forfeit guns

A Saratoga County man charged with federal marijuana and firearms counts should ultimately forfei...

A Saratoga County man charged with federal marijuana and firearms counts should ultimately forfeit his rights to nine guns recovered at his residence earlier this year, prosecutors contend.

Justin May, 34, of Edinburg, faces a federal indictment accusing him of manufacturing marijuana and possessing a firearm while trafficking in drugs.

He was arraigned in October on the indictment and released pending trial.

Federal prosecutors this week started procedures to confiscate the guns, and provided further information on the underlying criminal case.

The criminal case relates to an April 12 call to police reporting shots fired and a domestic disturbance on Fox Hill Road in Edinburg.

State police responded and encountered a neighbor with whom May had a dispute.

The neighbor said May fired about nine rounds in an unknown direction as he fled from May.

May and his girlfriend fled the scene, but returned a short time later. In he meantime, state police discovered multiple rounds of used ammunition outside May’s door. They also noticed the smell of fresh marijuana, according to the filing.

They determined the smell emanated from a vent on the northern side of the home, where the windows were blocked. They saw an “assault-style weapon” and large gun case through another window.

Troopers also spotted a nearby camper-style trailer with an open door. Through the open door, investigators spotted multiple small marijuana plants.

Investigators arrested May at the scene, though the nature of the original charges are not clear in the federal filings.

After getting search warrants, police found the guns and 3,680 rounds of assorted ammunition.

A hearing in the forfeiture case is set for March. Trial in the criminal case is set for February.

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