SAVANNAH, GA (April 2, 2015) Metro Police today arrested a 49-year-old man already on bond for a federal indictment after finding nine highly explosive military grade rounds in a warehouse connected to his business on Wednesday.
Wesley Defreitas was arrested this afternoon at his business, Warrior’s Gear on warrants drawn by members of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT.) He has been charged with 9 counts of possession of explosives. Additional charges are being considered.
Unit officers had worked in support of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were investigating a storage facility being used as a warehouse for Warrior’s Gear. Defreitas was on bond for a federal indictment for illegally selling weapons to unauthorized purchasers in a raid by ATF and Metro officers last year.
While searching the storage facility, agents and officers seized a shotgun and nine 40mm HEDP (Highly Explosive Dual Purpose) rounds. The rounds are designed to destroy light armored vehicles and are to be possessed only by military in time of combat.
ATF and UNIT officers continue to investigate the business and associated activities.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.