Authorities say a man from North Carolina is facing a long list of charges after allegedly being found in possession of weapons and ammunition at a Coast Guard facility in Cape May.

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May Police Chief Anthony Marino says 25-year-old Dustin A. Peters of Wilmington, NC, was arrested on Thursday.

Officials say Peters was stopped by Coast Guard Security for a routine security check on his vehicle at the entrance to the USCG Base TRACEN. During the check, Peters was observed to be in possession of hollow point ammunition. A further investigation revealed Peters was in possession of a handgun. He was then found to be in possession of an illegal assault weapon, numerous high capacity magazines for that 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 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), and ten counts of Possession of High Capacity Ammunition Magazines (4th Degree).

Peters was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings as per bail reform.

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