Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May City Police Chief Anthony Marino announce the arrest of Dustin A. Peters, 25 of Wilmington, North Carolina for Possession of Assault Firearms, Unlawful Possession of Handgun, Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, high capacity magazines and other weapon related charges.
The investigation is a joint effort of the Cape May Police Department, Coast Guard Police Department, Coast Guard Investigative Services, Cape May County Prosecutors Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force.
On January 9, 2020, 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. As per security protocols a further investigation was initiated and it was discovered that Peters was in possession of a handgun in violation of New Jersey Statutes. At this time as per co-current jurisdiction agreements the Cape May Police Department was brought into the investigation.
Upon further investigation, Peters was found to be in possession of 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 subsequently 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.
Members of the Cape May County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force were notified and responded to assist due to the types of weapons and ammunition found and that the incident occurred at a military base.
*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.