Fire in Mohawk leads authorities to drugs, stolen handgun

By WKTV News

MOHAWK, N.Y. (WKTV) - A response to a fire at a residence on East Main Street in the Village of Mohawk has led to charges for one man after authorities say they found drugs while searching for hot spots.

According to the Mohawk Police Department, fire crews were called to 79 East Main Street for a report of a structure fire around 2:31 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Officials say the fire was caused by food that had been left on the stove and while conducting an investigation for other possible heat signatures, firefighters discovered bags of marijuana in the residence and then contacted police.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers conducted a search of the residence and seized more than three pounds of marijuana, marijuana butter-making material other drug paraphernalia and a stolen 38 caliber handgun.

As a result of the discovery, authorities charged Jesse G. Antonuk, 22, with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Antonuk was arraigned and sent to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $8,000 cash bail or $16,000 bond.

The Mohawk Police were assisted by the Herkimer Police Department on this case.

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