A South Carolina man is facing charges after authorities say they found an estimated 7,000-10,000 guns stored on his property.
Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested Brent Nicholson, 51, of Pageland Saturday. The guns were found stacked in his house, a nearby storage building, a liquor store he runs with his father and at his parents’ home, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“There were so many guns we quit counting after a while,” Sheriff Jay Brooks said.
“This investigation is far from over.”
In addition to the guns, deputies also found hunting crossbows; ammunition; taxidermed deer, elk and alligator heads; hunting mounts; tools; air compressors and more than 500 chainsaws – most of it, Brooks said, was stolen.
Brooks said there was “so much stuff” that by 3:00 p.m. Saturday authorities had filled four 40-foot tractor-trailers and taken it to an armory near the sheriff’s office in Chesterfield where the thousands of items will have to be processed.
Nicholson was charged with possession of stolen property, Brooks said.
“There’s much more to come,” he added.
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Brooks said others may be arrested in the matter in Pageland.
“There’s no evidence that he even used them,” Brooks said. “There’s no evidence that he was selling them –- he just wanted them. His house looked like that hoarders program on TV.”
“There were five sheriffs standing around – all of us with at least 25 years of experience – and none of us have ever seen anything like this,” Brooks said. “The SLED agents had never seen anything like this.”
Brooks said that during his 30 years of law enforcement, about the largest illegal stash of weapons Chesterfield County, S.C., ever investigated was 50 guns.
“And that was considered an arsenal,” he added.
Nicholson has a ‘lengthy’ record, Brooks said.
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