October 23, 2019
New York

NYPD finds more than 70 guns, 'unprecedented' stash of ammo in Queens home

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Brooklyn cops found more than 70 guns and an “unprecedented” stash of ammo in the basement of a Queens man during one of the largest seizures from a single search warrant, the NYPD announced Monday.

Police arrested Ronald Drabman, 60, on Sunday after discovering the massive weapons cache in his home on 208th St. near 58th Ave. in Bayside.

The collection included 50,000 rounds of ammunition, 23 handguns, and 45 rifles, shotguns and assault rifles, police said.

A field intelligence officer in the 81st Precinct first developed the tip that ultimately led Brooklyn cops to Drabman’s home Saturday, authorities said.

After obtaining a search warrant early Sunday, cops from the criminal intelligence section, the 81st Precinct and Emergency Services Unit scoured Drabman’s home.

The NYPD said all the seized guns had serial numbers, but that authorities had not yet traced them all to determine if any were stolen.

The NYPD said all the seized guns had serial numbers, but that authorities had not yet traced them all to determine if any were stolen.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

“This is one person that possessed all of these weapons, and like I said, an unprecedented amount of ammunition,” said Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati.

“If you look at some of these weapons, there are high-power assault rifles, large magazines for them, plus a lot of handguns as well.”

The NYPD is investigating whether Drabman planned an attack with the weapons. Authorities believe he was acting alone and was not part of a criminal ring — but are investigating leads.

“It is the focus of the field intelligence program to develop intelligence, with recovering firearms as their number one priority,” Galati added.

“This is one person that possessed all of these weapons, and like I said, an unprecedented amount of ammunition,” said Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

“Last year, the field intelligence officer program seized over 1,285 guns. That contributed to the record low crime rate in New York City.”

Drabman was hit with over 100 counts of criminal weapon possession, among other charges.

Drabman has two prior arrests. The most recent one was last year, when cops discovered a loaded revolver in his car during a traffic stop in Queens, officials said.

The NYPD said all the seized guns had serial numbers, but that authorities had not yet traced them all to determine if any were stolen.  

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