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Indiana man arrested on NYS Thruway in Depew, facing multiple weapons charges

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 14:44:23-05

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — An Indiana man is facing multiple weapons charges following a commercial vehicle inspection on the New York State Thruway Monday.

New York State police say a tractor trailer operated by 28-year-old Zayne R. Coston of Gary, IN was directed into the Depew Tandem Lot at exit 49 on the I-90 around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

According to police there was probable cause to search his vehicle.

Officials say troopers discovered:

  • Four semi-automatic assault rifles (one loaded)
  • Four semi-automatic handguns (three of which were loaded)
  • 13 high capacity magazines, three of the magazines were charged with several rounds, and various other caliber ammunition.

State police say after further investigation it was determined Coston is a convicted felon in the state of Illinois and was subsequently charged with the following:

  • Five counts of criminal possession of a weapon second degree
  • 17 counts of criminal possession of a weapon third degree
  • One count of criminal possession of a firearm

Coston was virtually arraigned and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court December 18.