15 December 2020
Major Jennifer Gottstine
   Troop T Commander


Cheektowaga, NY – On December 14, 2020 at approximately 12:30 p.m., the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit directed a tractor trailer into the Depew Tandem Lot at exit 49 on I-90, for a commercial vehicle inspection.  Upon interviewing the driver, probable cause to search the interior of the vehicle was established. 


The driver, Zayne R. Coston, 28, of Gary, IN, was taken into custody after Troopers discovered 4 semi-automatic assault rifles (one loaded), 4 semi-automatic handguns (three of which were loaded), 13 high capacity magazines, three of the magazines were charged with several rounds, and various other caliber ammunition.  He was transported to SP Buffalo for processing. 


After further investigation, it was determined that Coston has a criminal history in the state of Illinois where he is a convicted felon, therefore he was subsequently charged with 5 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree; Class C Felonies, 17 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree; Class D Felonies, and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm; a Class E Felony.


Coston was virtually arraigned and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.  He is ordered to appear in the Erie County Court on December 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.



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