Guns seized following Essex arrest

Firearms and ammunition seized April 7 by the ATF, VT Fish & Wildlife, and local law enforcement agencies through a search warrant.

The Burlington Police Department (BPD) reported Monday that a mid-March arrest made in Essex later led authorities to recover 17 firearms from an individual who was prohibited from possessing guns.

A BPD press release said that the Essex Police Department (EPD) took a report of a domestic assault on March 18 in which Graham Cassinell, 41, allegedly threatened the life of a person at gunpoint. Following investigation, EPD took Cassinell into custody and charged him with 1st Degree Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Interference with Access to Emergency Services, and Disturbing the Peace by Phone.

On March 25, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney Office reportedly requested assistance from BPD Domestic Violence Prevention Officer Cpl. Christopher Sweeney in following up on the case. Investigation between the agencies discovered Cassinell, a previously convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing firearms, either had access to or was in possession of guns at properties in the Burlington area and Washington County.

On April 7, a search warrant was executed by game wardens from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and other local law enforcement partners. The search is said to have led to the recovery of 17 firearms, numerous magazines, and significant quantities of ammunition.

“This case illustrates the importance of mutual-aid relationships with local and federal law enforcement partners and our State’s Attorney’s office,” said acting BPD Chief of Police Jon Murad. “It also illustrates the great value of having a dedicated Domestic Violence Prevention Officer who can dig more deeply into these cases than patrol officers can.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (802) 658-2704.

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