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Brothers Indicted on 130 Charges After NYPD Recovers Cache of Weapons, 'Hit List'

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Photo provided by the Queens District Attorney Two brothers have recently been indicted on 130 charges after a raid on their New York City apartment uncovered a disturbing cache of weapons, homemade bombs, and a...

A police raid of a New York apartment yielded a large amount of weapons as shown in a photo from the Queens District Attorney Photo provided by the Queens District Attorney

Two brothers have recently been indicted on 130 charges after a raid on their New York City apartment uncovered a disturbing cache of weapons, homemade bombs, and a chilling "hit list" that included names of individuals such as "cops, judges, politicians, celebrities," and "banker scum." This shocking revelation has left authorities deeply concerned and has sent shockwaves through the community.

A Disturbing Discovery

Andrew and Angelo Hatziagelis, aged 39 and 51 respectively, now face an array of criminal counts related to their possession of weapons and explosives. The Queens District Attorney's Office has revealed that detectives began investigating the brothers after receiving intelligence about the purchase of parts and accessories for ghost guns - untraceable weapons often sold as kits for private assembly.

During the raid on January 17th, New York City police discovered the explosives in the brothers' apartment, prompting the evacuation of the entire building. The NYPD seized numerous weapons, including two AR-15 style ghost guns, eight explosive devices, body armor, smoke bombs, and over 600 rounds of ammunition. The significance of this law enforcement action cannot be overstated, as it has undeniably made the city a safer place.

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"The city is safer today," remarked Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, emphasizing the importance of this operation. Though it is impossible to quantify the exact number of lives that have been saved, the removal of these weapons from circulation ensures they will never be used to harm anyone again.

The Menace of Ghost Guns

But what exactly are ghost guns? These dangerous firearms are often assembled from kits purchased online or crafted using 3D printers, lacking any serial numbers that would enable law enforcement to trace them. This makes them highly appealing to individuals seeking to evade background checks and regulations.

Many of the weapons found in the brothers' possession, including semi-automatic pistols, were assembled using parts created by a 3D printer. Alongside these weapons, authorities confiscated a 3D printer owned by the brothers. These findings underscore the need for continued efforts to combat the manufacturing and trafficking of ghost guns.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office has taken the lead in cracking down on ghost guns in New York City. They have successfully recovered more ghost guns in Queens than in any other borough since 2021. This concerted effort aims to address the distressing rise in the use of these weapons in criminal activities.

The National Surge and Biden's Response

Nationwide, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported a significant increase in the recovery of ghost guns, with more than a 1,000% rise in the number of suspected ghost guns seized by law enforcement and submitted for tracing from 2017 to 2021. This trend continued to escalate from 2020 to 2021.

Addressing this alarming surge, President Joe Biden took action in 2022, implementing rules that classify ghost guns under the Gun Control Act. These rules now require manufacturers to obtain federal licenses and conduct background checks before making any sales. They also mandate that gun parts be assigned serial numbers. The Supreme Court has further supported these regulations, ordering two ghost gun part sellers to comply with Biden's rules.

The next court date for Andrew and Angelo Hatziagelis is scheduled for February 15th. If convicted, they could face up to 25 years in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney. This case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of law enforcement efforts to remove dangerous weapons from our streets and protect the well-being of our communities.

Contributing: Grace Hauck, USA TODAY