Catawba County, NC- Firearm Disguised as Toy Seized During Search Warrant
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Narcotics Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police Department and the Newton Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Old Catawba Road in Catawba, N.C. Investigators searched this residence after gathering evidence of narcotics possession at that location.
During this search investigators seized quantities of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana. Investigators also seized approximately $2,300.00 in United States Currency and twenty firearms consisting of pistols, rifles and shotguns.
One of these weapons, a converted Glock model 19 pistol with a fifty round drum magazine, had been altered to resemble a toy Nerf gun. Firearms of this type, while not illegal to possess, are concerning to law enforcement. Firearms, in general, are commonly seized in conjunction with searches were felony amounts of narcotics are present.
Damien Alonzo Burch (35 yoa) a Catawba resident, was arrested and charged with felonious possession of cocaine, felonious possession of mushrooms and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Burch was issued a $20,000.00 unsecured bond and had a first appearance in Catawba County District Court on 03/18/2021.
Sheriff Brown: “Another success resulting from our area Narcotics Teams working together. Our agencies pooling their resources allows for a greater impact to be felt county wide”.
Information Provided by:
Captain Aaron Turk
Public Information Officer
Catawba County Sheriff’s Office