Man facing gun charges following search of his Plumstead Township home

A 64-year-old man is facing a number of weapons charges after a search of his Plumstead Township home turned up a fully automatic “ghost gun” and a rifle with an obliterated serial number.

Scott Allen McCaughey, of the 4900 block of Durham Road, was charged with two counts of prohibited possession of a firearm and one count each of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a controlled substance.

Based on his criminal history, which included a 1980 felony conviction for robbery, McCaughey is not allowed to possess a firearm.

He was arraigned on Friday, April 29, 2022, by Magisterial District Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr. who set bail at $75,000, 10 percent.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, police served a search warrant at 6 p.m. at McCaughey’s home on Durham Road. As a result of the search, police located one black fully automatic M4 rifle, with no serial numbers displayed, along with a bolt-action rifle with an obliterated serial number.

McCaughey was also in possession of two clear baggies of a crystal rock substance that was consistent in appearance to methamphetamine.

During an interview, McCaughey admitted to knowingly possessing the firearms illegally based on his prior convictions, according to a criminal complaint.

The search of his home also uncovered milling equipment McCaughey used in the manufacture of firearms, parts to manufacture more firearms and ammunition and magazines, investigators said.

This investigation was conducted by Detective William Mooney of the Plumstead Township Police Department and Officer Stephan Pekach of the Bedminster Township Police Department, with assistance from the Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Narcotics.

Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. is assigned for prosecution.

Media Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298,  

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