Wilmington man with assault weapons arrested at NJ Coast Guard base

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Dustin Peters (From: CBS3/Cape May County Sheriff's Office)

CAPE MAY, NJ (WWAY) — Prosecutors in Cape May, New Jersey say a Wilmington, North Carolina man was arrested for trying to bring illegal weapons onto a military base.

Dustin A. Peters, 25, was arrested for Possession of Assault Firearms, Unlawful Possession of Handgun, Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, high capacity magazines and other weapon related charges.

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According to a news release, on January 9, Peters was stopped by Coast Guard Security for a routine security check on his vehicle at the entrance to the USCG Base TRACEN.

During this check Peters was observed to be in possession of hollow point ammunition. A further investigation discovered that Peters also had a handgun.

Investigators also found an illegal assault weapon, numerous high capacity magazines for this weapon, body armor, and many rounds of ammunition. It was determined during the course of the investigation that Peters came to the base to attend a graduation ceremony.



Peters was charged with the following:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (2nd Degree)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of an Assault Firearm (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of Prohibited Weapon (4th Degree)
  • Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition (4th Degree)
  • Ten counts of Possession of High Capacity Ammunition Magazines (4th Degree)

Peters is being held without bond.

The investigation is a joint effort of the Cape May Police Department, Coast Guard PoliceDepartment, Coast Guard Investigative Services, Cape May County Prosecutors Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force.