By SAM RAPPAPORT
Police said that they arrested a Bayside man on Sunday, who was allegedly found to possess a massive stockpile of guns and approximately 50,000 rounds of ammunition.
Ronald Drabman, 60, now faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on a variety of charges, including everything from first-degree criminal possession of a firearm to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Police said that the arrest was made pursuant to an active investigation. Officers raided Drabman’s home on 208th Street at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, after obtaining a search warrant from the Queens DA’s office.
“The defendant is accused of using his home as a warehouse for illegal firearms—along with tens of thousands of rounds of live ammunition,” Brown said. “This stockpile of weapons poses a great risk to the resident of Queens. It is extremely disturbing to find such an arsenal of firearms in a residential community. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration for this obsession with weapons.”
According to Brown, Drabman does not have a firearms license and is not authorized to sell or manufacture firearms and ammunition.
Upon searching Drabman’s home on Sunday, police allegedly found 45 rifles, assault rifles and shotguns, 23 hand guns, a zip gun, two .177 caliber pellet guns and a large quantity of ammunition and high-capacity magazines.
Drabman is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a complaint charging him with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, 39 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of first-degree criminal sale of a firearm, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and 17 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The investigation into Drabman and the subsequent raid and arrest were carried out by officers from the NYPD’s 81st Precinct, despite Drabman’s home being located in the confines of the 111th Precinct.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Antonino is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Francesco Catarisano.
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