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October 9, 2008

'Ninja' faces drug, weapons charges

ROCKPORT — A Rockport man who reportedly dressed up as a "ninja," authorities say, has been arrested on multiple drug and weapon charges after police — tipped off by a request for a restraining order against the man — found numerous samurai swords, Chinese throwing stars and drug-related materials inside his Smith Road apartment.

Nicholas P. Dragonas of 34 Smith Road was arrested after police officers executed a search warrant obtained from Gloucester District Court. Police applied for the search warrant based on information provided to them by an informant who had sought a restraining order against Dragonas on Sept. 30.

Sgts. Mark Schmink and Robert Tibert, together with Patrolmen Michael Marino, Mark Rowe and Daniel Mahoney, arrived at Dragonas' apartment just as the 34-year-old was entering a vehicle with a woman to leave the residence. Rowe stopped the vehicle on Smith Road and Dragonas was asked to step out.

According to the police report, Dragonas "reeked of alcohol and burnt marijuana" upon exiting the car. Police informed him they had a search warrant for his home and walked him back to the residence. They asked him for his cooperation and whether there was anything in the house that might be of concern.

Police said Dragonas stated there was "a bag of smoke (marijuana) in the house with a couple of grams in it — and that was it."

Police quickly discovered they were dealing with much more than a lone bag of marijuana.

Upon entering the home, which police noted also reeked of burnt marijuana, they found numerous weapons, including swords, knives, a blow gun, a hunting bow, sling shot and Chinese throwing stars — as well as homemade version of Mace, explosives and materials used to smoke and grow marijuana.

"I have never seen anything like that," Schmink said yesterday. "We were very surprised at the amount of everything that was found."

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