Police Take Rifles, Drugs Off the Street

Naugatuck police say they took more than 100 pills out of a man's car Sunday night.


A Naugatuck police officer’s curiosity and instincts are being lauded for helping to take illegal guns and drugs off the streets.

Officer Colin McAllister pulled up to the scene of a one-car accident at Elm and Spencer streets just after 5:30 Sunday night and wondered why a man and woman were pulling several duffel bags out of the car.

McAllister also noticed that one of the bags had something long and narrow protruding from it and began asking questions.

It turns out that Michael Lisi, a 44-year-old convicted felon from Shelton, had two fully loaded AR-15 rifles and 106 prescription painkillers that were not in their original cases, police said.

Police said they also seized several rounds of ammunition, syringes, marijuana and roach clips.

Lisi, of 5 Cots Ave., was charged with possession of a controlled substance, use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of firearms and illegal possession of narcotics.

Dawn Mayo, 44, of 73 Lewis St., Naugatuck, was driving the car. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia, as well as several motor vehicle infractions, including failure to have proper insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Mayo was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond and will be arraigned Nov. 28 at Waterbury Superior Court.

Lisi has several convictions for drug sales and one for engaging police in pursuit on his record, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch website. In 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison for narcotics sales, the website states.

Lt. Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck police spokesman, applauded McAllister’s police work.

“It was a common case of asking questions and going a little bit further,” Cammarata said.

Lynn November 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I am teaching my grandson Crossbow hunting!!!
Naugatuck Resident November 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Mr. James, first of all, you don't need to start calling other people names. Secondly the AR-15 is NOT readily convertible to a true definition, "assault weapon" capable of selective fire. The AR-15 was designed specifically to NOT have the capability to function like a machine gun so that it COULD be sold as a commercial firearm and used in events like High Power rifle matches while retaining a military appearance - that is all. In order to "convert" an AR-15 to function like its military, selective-fire counterpart, extensive machining must be done to the receiver to accomodate the parts that make it possible for the rifle to fire on fully automatic, (or burst in the case of the M-16A2) and semi automatic by using the selector switch. The selector switch, hammer, sear, trigger, bolt carrier are all DIFFERENT and do not just "drop" into a commercial AR-15 lower receiver. And there are already existing rules by the BATF(E) about possession of the mere PARTS that could make such a conversion possible. Having said that, no machine gun has been transferrable to a civilian that was made after May 19, 1986 through (FOPA) : Firearms Ownership Protection Act which was signed by President Ronald Reagan! In addition to that, fully automatic firearms have been strictly regulated at the federal level since 1934 with the NFA : National Firearms Act. "Gangster Weapons Act" (the first "assault weapons" ban - and we've seen how well criminals follow that law!) Bad guys will ALWAYS get guns.
Naugatuck Resident November 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Kudos to the Naugatuck Police for making a solid arrest and getting another criminal off the streets! Now let's hope our justice system does its part in keeping that criminal off the streets!
Naugatuck Resident November 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
And for the editor, I am glad you removed the "assault weapon" term from your story. As you can see from the banter exchanged above, there is no practical definition of the term "assault weapon" in civilian terms. A baseball bat in the hands of a felon committing a crime is an "assault weapon". So are golf clubs as the Moxley case proves. Assault is a behavior, not a device! Once we start allowing ourselves to get into "this not that" debate about firearms, the same can be said for cars, household appliances, chainsaws, etc. The assault weapons ban, like the cosmetic ban that has existed in Connecticut since 1993 amounts to this: it's like going to a car dealership to buy a car and learning that in this state, you can buy the blue, four door sedan but you CAN'T buy the red, two door convertible version of the same car with the same engine and transmission. That is literally how stupid CGS 53-202 is. And it needs to be repealed! The fact that we WASTE tax payer dollars on an ntire unit of State Police (SLFU) with detectives assigned to auditing gun shops for compliance with asinine, cosmetic regulations for guns sold only to permit holders submitted to NICS checks is a disgrace! We have 2,000 outstanding warrants across the state for people just as bad as the criminal described in this article, who need to be picked up and put away. Let's put our focus and resources on that instead! Thank you!
Not A Real American November 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
You are quite right: we should not be limiting gun control to an arbitrary and ill-defined subset of guns, but rather apply it vigorously to all of them. And please don't bother screaming about the imaginary version of the Constitution that exists only in feverish little minds, the second ammendment does not permit unlimited possession of guns.


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