The Broome County District Attorney and local police agencies have announced details of a major weapons bust.
Ramadan Abdullah, 64, is facing multiple felony weapon charges, and numerous weapons have been seized as a result.
Broome County DA Steve Cornwell says on May 31st, Abdullah was arrested for shoplifting ammunition from Gander Mountain by Johnson City Police.
A search warrant was executed on Abdullah’s storage unit in the Town of Union as a result.
-4 loaded handguns
-8 assault weapons
-64 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices
-1 loaded shotgun
-thousands of rounds of ammunition for rifles, pistols, and assault weapons, including 50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds, numerous firearm parts, and flak jackets.
Cornwell says subsequent search warrants executed at other properties tied to the suspect resulted in the seizure of:
-numerous rounds of 38 caliber ammunition
-high-capacity ammunition feeding devices and ammunition
-an additional loaded firearm
Abdullah is currently in the Broome County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Police say none of the weapons were registered or licensed to Abdullah, making them illegal.
“The majority of the items you see here today were seized during that search warrant. We are still investigating the matter to determine the purpose of having all of these weapons were as well as the ammunition. We’re looking into the subject’s travel patterns and anything you can imagine to shed light on why someone would have all of these devices here,” said NYSP Major James Barnes at Wednesday’s news conference.
Police say more charges are expected.
Anyone with information can contact police or the Broome County District Attorney’s office.
See pictures from Tuesday’s news conference in the gallery below.