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Police Say Man Altered Rifle To Look Like Nerf Gun, Arrested On Felony Drug Charges
Damien Alonzo Burch
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Police Say Man Altered Rifle To Look Like Nerf Gun, Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

35-year-old Damien Alonzo Burch of Catawba was arrested Wednesday (March 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and mushrooms along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

On Wednesday, Narcotics Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police Department and the Newton Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Old Catawba Road in Catawba. Investigators searched this residence after gathering evidence that there were illegal drugs at that location.

During the search investigators seized quantities of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana. Investigators also seized approximately $2,300 in United States Currency and twenty firearms consisting of pistols, rifles and shotguns.

One of these weapons, a converted Glock model 19 rifle with a fifty round drum magazine, had been altered to resemble a toy Nerf gun. Firearms of this type, while not illegal to possess, are a concern to law enforcement. A news release from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says firearms, in general, are commonly seized in conjunction with searches where felony amounts of narcotics are present.

Burch was arrested and his bond was set at $20,000 secured. He is not currently listed as an inmate in Catawba County. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday (March 18).

[All photos courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff’s Office]