Police seize nearly 200 rounds of ammunition from felon's Madison Heights home

Michael Anthony Russo faces new felony charges

By Alexa St. John

Police raided a home on Hampden Street in Madison Heights on June 13, 2017. (WDIV)

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. - A Madison Heights man is facing felony charges for possessing large amounts of ammunition ordered online earlier this year, according to a Michigan State Police affidavit.

Officers seized about 200 rounds of live ammunition from the home of Michael Anthony Russo in the 27000 block of Hampden Street in Madison Heights on Monday.

Russo, a previously convicted felon who is being charged with possessing ammunition from Feb. 11 to June 12, first purchased the ammunition from The Armory, an online retailer, on Feb. 9. 

Russo’s bank statements, as well as The Armory’s records, confirmed the purchases – including 1,000 rounds of ammunition and 10 magazines – which were delivered to Russo’s home February 11. The Armory, located in Virginia Beach, Va., shipped the purchases to Russo’s home, affecting interstate commerce.

Russo spent more than $528 on the purchases.

Here's the ammunition police said they found and seized during the execution of a search warrant Monday at the home: 

  • 55 rounds of live 5.56 caliber ammunition
  • 50 rounds of live .40 caliber ammunition
  • 53 rounds of live 9mm ammunition
  • 23 rounds of 7.62x39 ammunition
  • 1 round of live .308 caliber ammunition
  • 1 round of live .223 ammunition

Officers also seized 10 Magpul PMAG 30 AR-15 M4 GEN M3 5.56x45 magazines, a green ammunition can with 5.56 imprinted on the side of the can, and several empty ammunition magazines and "numerous components used to make ammunition," according to the criminal complaint -- view here

Russo has previously pled guilty to felony fleeing and eluding in August 2015, and was sentenced to 123 days in jail.

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