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Authorities seize 45 firearms, narcotics from Dawson County residence
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A burglary in the city of Oakwood and a stolen vehicle in Forsyth County led state and local authorities to arrest a Dawsonville man last week, after dozens of illegal firearms and a large quantity of narcotics were allegedly discovered during a search of the man's home.

Johnny Alfred Pritchard IV
Johnny Alfred Pritchard IV

Johnny Alfred Pritchard IV, 45, of Dawson County was taken into custody on Sunday, Feb. 9, after officers with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Oakwood Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Natural Resources executed a search warrant at an address on Kelly Bridge Road in Dawson County, Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said in a press release on Thursday.

According to Johnson, information gleaned from a commercial burglary that occurred in Oakwood in early January and a stolen vehicle case from Forsyth County led authorities to the Dawson County residence.

During a search of the residence on Friday, Feb. 7, authorities recovered 45 handguns, shotguns, rifles and sawed-off rifles, approximately 350 grams of suspected marijuana and other narcotics, and a Stihl Backpack blower which was stolen during the burglary in Oakwood.

Authorities allege that all of the seized firearms were illegally possessed by Pritchard, who had prior felony convictions. It has not yet been determined where the firearms originated or why they were being kept in such numbers, Johnson said.

Pritchard was not located during the search, but was arrested several days later when he surrendered to active warrants.

He has been charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a sawed-off shotgun/rifle, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and theft by receiving property.

Johnson said that the case is still under investigation by multiple agencies and additional charges are likely.

Pritchard is being held in the Dawson County Detention Center under no bond.