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Newport man, 69, arrested after police seize 81 firearms

By Christina Huynh

This article was published January 30, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.


Pictured is a sampling of the several items the Jackson County sheriff's office seized from 69-year-old Donald Bosyter's Newport home on Jan. 14. Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said investigators were informed that Boyster had intended to sell firearms and related accessories in his possession.

A 69-year-old Newport man has been arrested after, police say, 81 firearms and more than 19,000 ammunition rounds were found in his home, the Jackson County sheriff's office said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

County Sheriff David Lucas told Arkansas Online that Donald Boyster — who turned himself in to deputies Wednesday — has been charged with 81 counts of possession of firearms by certain persons, three counts of criminal use of a prohibited weapon and one count of possession of a defaced firearm.

Boyster's wife gave authorities consent to search her and her husband's residence at 2700 Mimosa Drive, Lucas said. Along with the 81 firearms and 19,000 ammunition rounds authorities seized on Jan. 14, 199 semi-automatic firearm ammunition magazines, a large stock of firearm parts and accessories, materials for manufacturing firearm silencers and a "suspected stolen" four-wheeler were also found at the residence.

"I'm glad that we were able to initiate this investigation," Lucas said in a statement. "It has led to the seizure of a very large cache of weapons and ammunition that will not end up on the streets of Newport and Jackson County."

Lucas said that "based on some of the information we were getting," Boyster had intended to sell the guns.

Boyster has a previous criminal history, Lucas said. He was convicted in 1986 in a Little Rock federal court for conspiracy to import marijuana, for which he received a two-year jail sentence.

Investigators with the Jackson County sheriff's office had received tips over the course of several months about an "illegal weapons operation" at a Newport residence, authorities said. Lucas said investigators had been receiving information through "some of their informants and through [their] jailhouse informants."

Boyster is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Feb. 4, and his bond has been set at $10,000.

An investigation is ongoing and the sheriff's office expects that "other arrests may be made."


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cherokee4 says... January 30, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.

If the guns were not stole what was he guilty of. ??

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 30, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

He was a prohibited person from a drug conviction in 1986. He was a felon.

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RiverFae says... January 30, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

He was also in possession of a defaced firearm, ie serial number removed, which is a crime by itself, especially with intent to sell. Along with possession of all stolen 4-wheeler and of course, being an felon in possession of (any) firearm let alone an arsenal. Did you even read the article?

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Packman says... January 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Perfect example of enforcement of sensible gun control laws.

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Nothings4ever says... January 30, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

Right, Cherokee4!!
He was only guilty of being a collector or being prepared 4doomsday...
This 1986 conviction had probably been exponged..since they mentioned nothing about him being a felon... That would have been n there 20x...
For not importing... But speculation of importing a plant that is now nationally accepted & almost nationally legal!!
Jackson county should spend more time investigating real crimes & less time investigating "speculation of criminal activity"

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TheBatt says... January 30, 2014 at 6:53 p.m.

My first reaction - is there a limit on how many firearms a person can own? I can't find one in Federal, Arkansas, or even local laws, or maybe more importantly in the US Constitution.

That being said - it would help if we had a definition of the charges related to "possession of firearms by certain persons". Is this the same as "felon in possession of a firearm"?

Now - if he was violating firearm law (and the manufacture of suppressors for firearms CAN be a violation), then we might have a case.

I am curious about his wife giving permission to search the residence - was there a search warrant involved?

Don't get me wrong - if this fellow was manufacturing and distributing illegal weapons - then certainly he is/was a threat. But I would like to hear some more facts of this case.

"Suspected stolen" 4 wheeler..... hmmm.... was it reported stolen? Is there evidence that it is stolen?

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lazybar says... January 31, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

hey pack if jackson county puts up seized firearms for auction looks like there are 2 belgium a5`s.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 31, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

Looks to me also.

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nlrar009 says... January 31, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

TheBatt, the title of the statute is "Possession of firearms by certain person." One of the "certain persons" is someone convicted of a felony.

A warrant is not needed to conduct a search if someone in lawful control of the premises gives permission for the search.

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