BOONVILLE – A Boonville man is facing a felony charge after a report of suspicious activity led law enforcement to the discovery of marijuana and illegal handguns at his home, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to 9550 Hawkinsville Road in the town of Boonville after they received a suspicious activity complaint.
Upon arrival officers spoke with the homeowner, 45-year-old Michael Salmon Jr., and 58-year-old Scott Weaver of Boonville, who was also in the home at the time.
Deputies say that while they were speaking with Salmon and Weaver, they found that the two men were in the process of harvesting and processing marijuana that they had grown both inside the home and at several other locations around the property. Salmon and Weaver were then detained, and deputies say they found a large amount of dried marijuana inside the residence that was packaged for sale.
During a search of the home deputies say they found three illegal handguns that were Salmon’s possession. They were secured by the Sheriff’s Office for further testing and identification.
Salmon was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a firearm, and deputies say further charges are pending. Salmon is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
New York State Police and the Rome Police Department also assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.