#parents | #teensvaping | West Side Rag » Police Seize Guns and Drugs in Bust in Apartment Building

Posted on January 16, 2020 at 4:13 pm by West Sider

A 24th precinct officer stands with the guns police say they recovered. Photos via 24th precinct.

By Michael McDowell

The party is over at 207 West 102nd Street, where police said they saw ganja and guns galore when officers showed up last week.

“It was more of a firearm bust,” said Deputy Inspector Seth A. Lynch. “It was somewhat of a confidential investigation, however our officers did receive information that there were possibly firearms in that location. We took this information before a judge, who granted us a search warrant and pursuant to the search warrant we recovered four firearms,” he continued.

Extended magazines were also discovered in the search. These devices enable a firearm to store additional rounds, and are prohibited in New York.

Officers said they encountered a large quantity of marijuana—mostly edibles, according to Lynch, which in photographs shared on Twitter appear to take the form of candied Fruit Loops. Adjacent this contraband: a pile of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, bagged dope, and other unidentified items. A small amount of cocaine was also allegedly found, as were seven Apple iPhones.

Four individuals were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon; criminal possession of marijuana; criminal possession of a controlled substance; and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Lynch declined to comment on the investigation, which is ongoing. However, he indicated that he did not believe the activity to be gang-related.

The five-story building between Broadway and Amsterdam where the bust occurred is an apartment building where studio apartments were recently renting for more than $2,000, according to StreetEasy.

Those who would like to learn more about the 24th Precinct, or who are concerned about crime in the neighborhood, are encouraged to attend Community Council meetings, which typically take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm, at 151 West 100th Street. Community Council meetings at the neighboring 20th Precinct typically take place on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm at 120 West 82nd Street. The 24th covers 86th to 110th Streets, while the 20th covers 59th to 86th Streets.

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