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Man on parole arrested on weapons charges
Saturday, March 09, 2013 5:00 AM
WEAPONS SEARCH: Police served a warrant Friday on this mobile home on Woodside Drive. Inside, they found weapons and drugs. Three people were arrested. (Staff photo by Evan Shieldsfirstname.lastname@example.org)
A Madison man on parole was arrested on illegal weapons and drug possession charges Friday after police served a warrant at his home on Woodside Drive.
Madison police, with assistance from the Emergency Response Team and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, arrested Thomas Mack, 45, who is convicted felon, and two others after a gun investigation that began in February.
During the execution of the warrant, officers said they located several handguns in the residence at 3587 Woodside Drive as well as methamphetamine and marijuana.
The investigation began in February, when an undercover informant told officers that Mack, who is on parole, was in possession of several weapons, according to court records.
Following up on the tip earlier this month, parole officers visited Mack's mobile home and reported finding a .22 caliber rifle and .308 caliber rifle inside the residence.
Mack had previously been convicted of battery with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony. Because of that conviction, Indiana law classifies Mack as a serious violent felon, which means he cannot be in possession of weapons.
That case, which was filed in March 2000, was originally filed as an attempted murder case with four other battery charges. As a result, Mack was sentenced to six years at the Indiana Department of Correction.
Due to Mack's criminal history and the fact that there was a report of guns in the residence, officers requested a "no knock" warrant that would allow the use of the Emergency Response Team.
Mack was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B felony; possession of meth, a Class D felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.
Audrey Ashby, 30, who is registered as the tenant at the mobile home, was arrested on charges of possession of meth, a Class D felony, possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
Enrique Mafnas, 35, of Madison, was arrested on a charge of visiting a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
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