NAZI paraphernalia, a dozen guns and $1 million worth of meth has been seized in a drugs and arms trafficking bust at the home of a Pennsylvania couple.
Tara Gallucci, 34, was arrested at her home in Northampton on Wednesday, but her partner Christopher Weikert, also 34, fled the scene and “remains at large”.
Christopher Weikert fled the scene of the raid on Wednesday and remains at large[/caption]
Tara Gallucci was taken into custody at the scene[/caption]
Inside, investigators found 21.5 pounds of crystal meth with a street value estimated to be around $968,200 and 25.5 grams of fentanyl said to be valued at $4,275[/caption]
The couple has been charged with drug possession with intent to deliver and possessing controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and prohibited guns.
Gallucci was arrested after authorities executed a search warrant on the pair’s home in the 300 block of East Eighth Street on Wednesday.
Inside, investigators found 21.5 pounds of crystal meth with a street value estimated to be around $968,200 and 25.5 grams of fentanyl said to be valued at $4,275.
Also recovered were six fully assembled “Ghost guns”, three 80 percent receivers used to make ghost guns, four assault rifles, three handguns and various ghost gun parts.
Ghost guns are homemade firearms often made from parts bought online and do not have serial numbers. President Joe Biden recently sought to curb their use through federal regulation as part of executive actions.
Nazi paraphernalia was also discovered inside the couple’s home and seized, however, prosecutors didn’t elaborate on what the items consisted of.
Also recovered were six fully assembled “Ghost guns” – which are homemade or improvised guns lacking commercial serial numbers, and several other weapons[/caption]
Gallucci was taken into custody though Weikert managed to escape and remains at large.
Both Gallucci and Weikert are convicted felons, authorities said.
Weikert was convicted for burglary in Lehigh County. Their convictions make it illegal for either to possess a firearm.
They’ve both been charged with four counts of Possession With Intent To Deliver, three counts of Possession of Controlled Substances, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 14 counts of Possession of Prohibited Firearms.
“People have the right to feel safe in their homes and in the neighborhoods where they live and work – and gun and drug traffickers erode that basic right,” Shapiro said.
“These traffickers were also carrying ghost guns, which are quickly becoming the weapon of choice for criminals and fueling the gun violence epidemic.
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“We must continue to get these poisons out of our neighborhoods and off our streets,” he concluded.
The case is being prosecuted by the Northampton District Attorney’s office.
Tara Gallucci remains in custody as of Sunday afternoon.