NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A 20-year-old Queens man was arrested this week after he was found to be in possession of an “arsenal of illegal ‘ghost’ guns,” according to the Queens District Attorney.
Chaz McMillian, of Fresh Meadows, was arraigned on multiple charges Wednesday, including criminal possession of a weapon, criminal sale of a firearm and numerous other crimes relating to the alleged stockpile of weapons.
DA Melinda Katz said investigators had been conducting on-going surveillance of McMillian after he was found to be purchasing firearm parts online.
A search warrant executed at his home on Dec. 8 uncovered a number of illegal items including 25 ghost guns, including 19 semi-automatic pistols, five assault weapons and one semi-automatic shotgun.
Ghost guns are homemade firearms that lack commercial serial numbers, making them nearly impossible to trace.
Authorities also recovered materials to make ammunition for the weapons, including:
· 31 large capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, four additional complete polymer-based lower receivers
· Approximately 670 rounds of ammunition of various calibers, including 9mm, 10mm, several firearm-related components, parts, and equipment for assembling and manufacturing ghost guns
· Approximately two 10-ounce bars of silver and fifteen 1-ounce silver coins
The bust is the fifth of its kind since August, according to DA Katz, who announced the charges on Thursday.
“Using traditional investigative techniques, accurate intelligence gathering and analysis, we are continuing a relentless pursuit of those who think they can get away with bringing gun parts into our borough, assembling them and selling them here,” Katz said in a statement.
She added that her office “will not stop” efforts to “dismantle the ‘polymer pipeline’ – ‘polymer,’ because a crucial component of these ghost guns is made of a durable polymer plastic – and get these tools of death off our streets.”
Katz stressed that McMillan does not have a license to possess or own any firearms in New York City.
Since August, authorities have seized a total of 74 guns – including 51 ghost guns – more than 200 high-capacity magazines and over 33,000 rounds of ammunition throughout Queens, prosecutors said.
“This not a passing fad,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “These illegal weapons endanger our citizens, our police and our kids.
Snapping together semi-automatic pistols and assault weapons from kits that are ordered from out of state is not some kind of hobby. We are seeing hundreds of ghost guns, ordered online and shipped directly to New York City.”
He added: “This is emerging, quickly, as a replacement supply chain for gun smugglers who traditionally relied on the 'iron pipeline.' When we see dozens of guns in this case — and component gun parts to make more – we can only surmise there is an intent to sell and distribute them.”
McMillan has been ordered to return to court on Dec. 13. If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison.