Shirley residents indicted on numerous firearms charges


By Jon Winkler

SHIRLEY — A local couple with multiple charges related to firearms was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on Thursday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Jeffrey Dusti, 62, and Colleen Dusti, 59, will appear in Middlesex Superior Court over the next four days to be arraigned on separate charges relating to illegal possession of numerous firearms and ammunition.

Jeffrey was originally arraigned in Ayer District Court on Nov. 1, on 47 counts of possession of a firearm without a license, 44 counts of possession of a silencer, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition and possession of a sawed-off shotgun after a search warrant was executed by State Police Gang Unit on Oct. 30.

State Police sought the search warrant based on information that Jeffrey was allegedly in possession of a homemade silencer. When the officers executed the warrant, they allegedly saw a sawed-off shotgun in plain sight.

Once an inventory of the Dusti’s home was completed, officers with the Gang Unit had discovered about 35,000 rounds of ammunition, 44 homemade silencers and 47 unlicensed firearms.

Jeffrey also had an open warrant out of Ayer District Court for two counts of making annoying phone calls, one count of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60 and one count of witness intimidation in connection to an unrelated case.

Colleen Dusti will be arraigned on charges of improper storage of a firearm, improper storage of a large capacity weapon, firearms trafficking and straw purchase of a firearm. She will face a judge on Friday, April 5 in Middlesex Superior Court.

Jeffrey will be arraigned on the indictments on Monday, April 8 in Middlesex Superior Court.