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Police: Weapons Found in Seaford Man's Home Were 'Powerful'

Jonathan Erler freed on $11,000 cash bail after being arraigned on gun and drug charges Thursday.

Illegal weapons a Seaford man was charged with possessing at his home Wednesday were described during a police press briefing Thursday afternoon as “powerful” and the kind of gun products authorities are focusing hard to take off the streets.

Jonathan Erler, 29, of Seaford was driving his 2004 Subaru northbound on Seaman's Neck Road Wednesday when he was stopped by officers of the Asset Forfeiture Criminal Investigative Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) after he was observed driving while holding a cell phone, according to police.

Cops spotted a Flint Lock Rifle in the rear seat of Erler’s vehicle and during a later investigation at his home discovered six assault weapons, five high-capacity ammunition feeding clips, several Chinese throwing stars and two bullet proof vests. Erler was also charged with possession of marijuana and five ounces of concentrated cannabis, police said.

“Some of the assault weapons he had we’re very high powerful assault weapons, something that we’re trying very hard to take off the street,” said Nassau County Police Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack, who conducted Thursday’s press briefing at the Seventh Precinct headquarters in Seaford. “Our Criminal Investigative Rapid Response Team has made over 800 arrests since last March. ... They have been out making arrests like this for the past year.”

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Lack also said at the press briefing that Erler is the owner of Twisted Glass on 1898 Wantagh Ave. in Wantagh, which sells a variety of tobacco and pipes, but nothing illegal was found following a search of the store.

Two Wantagh teens were charged in mid January with stealing 19 bongs from Twisted Glass valued at more than $10,000, but Lack emphasized that the two crimes are “unrelated.”

Erler was arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead and freed on $11,000 cash bail. He faces charges on six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Lorraine DeVita January 28, 2013 at 02:07 AM
maybe my stance is colored by an incident we had here in seaford right next door to me in the late 70's. My neighbor had a collection of guns and flipped out one day and shot up her house and shot out a neighbors window. NCPD SWAT was called and my kids ages 1-3 yrs old were taken out of our home under a bullet proof blanket by the cops and handed over the fence inthe backyard to other cops and taken to neighbors while the SWAT tried to talk the whacka doo down so I could get out of the house. .( it was a sunday my husband was at a Jets game) It was intense and scary and something i wouldnt want to happen again.. She it turned out had licenses for her guns and didnt spend a day in jail. but the guns were confiscated. the ones they knew about were confiscated that is. guns and booze or guns and drugs or guns and anger issues or guns and whackadoos dont mix.EVER. Especially HIGH capacity ones. So yes i am VERY leary and Very apprehensive that he would have that type of arsonal with that type of capacity in his home .
old miller January 28, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I don't think that anyone is passing judgment on him. I know that I'm not. He may very well be a great guy. I just take exception to obvious drug paraphernalia shops being run in our community, the same way my parents objected to the movie theater on Jersualem Ave. when it began showing adult films in the late 70s. You are right, the smoking of marijuana is, for the most part, a victimless crime. Unless, of course, you are Joseph Beer, a 17-year old who killed 4 of his friends when he crashed his car when he was high on weed. Prostitution, it could be argued, is also a victimless crime, as long as the transaction is conducted between consenting adults. I do not want, however, massage parlors opened in Wantagh either, no matter how inconspicuous they may look on Park Ave. In the end, I don't really care what people do away from me, my children, and my community. Have a party. Just keep it away from me and mine.
Chris Wendt January 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Crimes are crimes. The Penal Code spells out which is which, and the various degrees of crimes with which a person can be charged. "Victim-less" is not a term used in the Penal Code, nor is it a term used in any of the legislation making certain behaviors crimes. Prostitution is certainly not "victim-less", with many of its victims being the non-consenting spouses and the children of those adults who consented in "the transaction" which started a larger chain of much more serious negative effects...consequences.
Markymark January 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Wow Lorraine! Helluva story. Just curious because I know a lot of people that grew up in Seaford. Was that in the actual Seaford school district area? I'm just curious. The first person I asked that grew up near the RR station doesn't remember that.
Lorraine DeVita January 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM
It happened on Southard Ave.over 30 yrs ago down the block from the Seaford fire department. - yes it was scary ..and yes it underlines the fact that people with gun collections and gun licenses are subject to the the same human failures as everyone else. People have breakdowns.people while appearing "nice" and somewhat normal can have "issues" we dont know about. After that incident the person involved spiraled out downward and started to exhibit some very strange behaivor. A Neon organge suit of armour on her front porch 365 decked out for the holidays witha santa hat, claiming nnijas were stealing all the tvs and aluminum foil , weekly visits from mental health professionals, and a few stints in health facilities. Prior to that incident she was just an eccentric person with an alchohol problem. She passed away about 14 yrs ago new neighbors have moved in.

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