MIDDLESEX, N.C. (WNCN) — A convicted felon was found with 16 guns at his home last week, Nash County deputies said Tuesday.

The incident happened on Nov. 24 when deputies received a tip that illegal firearms were being kept at a home in the 10000 block of Old Lewis School Road in Middlesex, according to a news release from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities visited the house and began speaking with a man there and noticed “numerous firearms were immediately seen in plain view,” the news release said.

Brian Keith Rogers, who was talking with deputies, is a convicted felon and was on early limited confined release from the North Carolina Department of Corrections as of Feb. 16, officials said.

“Detectives immediately applied for a search warrant for the residence which led to the seizure of 16 illegally possessed firearms and assorted ammunition,” the news release said.

Rogers, 41, was charged with possession of firearm by felon, deputies said.

Rogers was turned back over to the North Carolina Department of Corrections and taken back to Central Prison in Raleigh for violating the terms of his early release, the news release said.

Nash County deputies said if the defendant is found guilty, then the guns are usually ordered by the judge in the case to be destroyed. Until then, they are stored in evidence.

No other information was released.