Prosecutors: Man had 15 illegal guns in Columbia County

A Dutchess County man is facing charges for allegedly possessing 15 illegal guns in Gallatin.

The guns were seized from a home on Sigler Road. This included two semiautomatic-style rifles with no serial numbers. Police also seized other items that led them to think David Passeri, 60, was involved in manufacturing weapons, Chief Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Botts said.

Passeri also had numerous magazines, boxes of ammunition and tools to manufacture weapons, investigators said.

Passeri was indicted on numerous weapons charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison, with five years of post-release supervision.

He was arraigned in Columbia County Court and sent back to jail on bail of $1,000 cash or bond or $1,500 partially secured bond.

The Columbia County Attorney’s Office also announced the indictment of Daryl Thrasher, 52, of Poughkeepsie on drug charges. He had cocaine and heroin with the intent to sell in Hudson back in February, prosecutors said. Thrasher has been charged with three counts of criminal possession of a stolen property. He faces 14 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. He was arraigned and sent back to jail without bond.

Both men are due back in Columbia County Court on April 24.