New York City- Last month, the NYPD recovered three massive caches of weapons following searches that occurred in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Some of the weapons that were recovered by police include a bow-and-arrow, a high-powered handgun, an AR-15 rifle and a pistol-grip pump shotgun.
On February 2nd, officers from the 43rd Precinct’s anti-crime unit conducted a traffic stop at Bruckner Blvd and Close Ave after observing a driver run a red light.
Upon making contact with the driver, officers smelt an order of marijuana, which gave them probable cause to search the vehicle.
During their search, officers discovered a modified handgun that had a scope, foregrip, rear stock and extended 30-round magazine. A second gun—a standard Taurus 9mm—was also found along with an undisclosed amount of marijuana.
The three male occupants of the vehicle—aged 31, 28, and 26-years-old—were charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.
Last week, officers from the 109th Precinct in Queens, responded to a domestic dispute in an apartment building on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers made contact with a woman who stated her 57-year-old husband was inside their residence with weapons and had threatened to kill her.
Officers tried to engage the woman’s husband in dialogue, however, he barricaded himself inside the apartment.
Officers from the Emergency Service Unit (ESU)—a group that responds to tactical situations and emotionally distressed individuals — were called to the scene.
After some time, ESU members were able to reach the man and safely take him into custody.
A subsequent search of the couple’s apartment by police apartment revealed a cache of weapons; some of the weapons recovered included: six knives (for of them switchblades), a crossbow with twenty arrows, an ax, a sword and five CO2 airsoft hunting rifles with hundreds of rounds of lead pellets.
The woman’s husband was later charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon and violating an order of protection.
It is unclear if the woman knew about the weapon stockpile in their residence; as of this week, she has not been charged with any crimes.
This past Saturday, officers from the NYPD’s Field Intelligence Office—a unit whose main purpose is to “detect and disturb” criminal/terrorist activity—conducted a search warrant in Red Hook.
The search warrant yielded an AR-15 rifle with a bump stock, a pistol grip pump-shotgun, multiple revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
Additionally, six bulletproof vests were recovered; five of the vests had patches that were whited out by police in images they released.
Police did not immediately provide information on why the search warrant was issued, or if anyone was arrested and charged with possession of the weapons.
Editor’s note: All information in this story was obtained from statements provided by the NYPD’s press office.