A 64-year-old man by the name of Ramadan Abdullah has been arrested in Broome County, New York, after police found a massive weapons cache in a storage unit under his ownership.
Police in Broome County said that Ramadan Abdullah had been arrested on May 31st when he was caught shoplifting ammo from a local sporting goods store. Afterwards, police obtained a search warrant of Abdullah’s storage unit and recovered a large amount of ammunition, including .50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds, high-powered rifles and various handguns.
Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell, New York State Police, SIU and Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge on Wednesday announced details of a major weapons bust in Broome County, resulting in the arrest of one man and the seizure of numerous weapons.
“They did a great job of asking him very specific questions about the ammunition he had stolen and what weapons that may go to. He gave them some answers that were inconsistent with their in-depth knowledge of weapons which set off further red flags for them,” said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge.
In a news conference, authorities said Ramadan Abdullah, 64, has been charged the following:
– Four counts, criminal possession of a weapon, second degree, class C felony
– Criminal possession of a weapon, third degree, class D felony
– Criminal possession of stolen property, fifth degree, class A misdemeanor
Officials said that Abdullah was arrested by Johnson City police on May 31 for shoplifting ammunition from Gander Mountain. According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, when a search warrant was executed on Abdullah’s storage unit in the town of Union, the following items were recovered:
– Four loaded handguns
– Eight assault weapons
– 64 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices
– One loaded shotgun
– Two rifles
– Thousands of rounds of ammunition for rifles, pistols and assault weapons, including .50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds, numerous firearm parts and flak jackets.
Abdullah’s weapons cache wasn’t isolated to a single storage unit, however, as police executed subsequent search warrants on other properties owned by the suspect, which resulted in additional seizures.
According to the DA’s office, search warrants were also executed at additional properties tied to Abdullah, resulting in the seizure of:
– Numerous rounds of .38 caliber ammunition
– High-capacity ammunition feeding devices and ammunition
– An additional loaded firearm
The New York State Police released the following specific information regarding the firearms.
– H&K USP Compact Pistol, .357 SIG caliber, semi-auto pistol, with laser (loaded)
– Browning Arms, 9mm caliber, semi-auto pistol w/laser (loaded)
– Browning Arms Company , .22 caliber semi-auto pistol (loaded)
– Glock Model 30, 45ACP caliber, semi-auto pistol w/laser (loaded)
– COP Inc, Four barrel pistol, 38 Special / 357 Magnum caliber (loaded)
– US Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer, .22 caliber, semi-auto rifle w/ Sightmark Holographic sight
– Steyr-Daimler-Puch A6 AUG, .223 caliber, semi-auto rifle w/sling and scope
– Kassnar Imports AK47, 7.62×39 caliber, semi-auto rifle w/folding stock
– Springfield Armory M1A, 7.62 caliber, desert camo colored, semi-auto rifle w/scope
– Armalite AR-180, 5.56 caliber, semi-auto rifle, w/sling
– Armalite AR-180, 5.56 caliber, semi-auto rifle, with folding stock, Armalite scope, and sling
– H&K SR9TC, 7.62×51 caliber, desert camo colored semi-auto rifle w/ Springfield Armory Scope
– Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S, 223/5.56 caliber, Semi-auto rifle, w/ leather sling
Political correctness aside, simply considering the name of suspect, Ramadan Abdullah, and the fact police confirmed he left the country (prior to being arrested), in addition to the amount of caches/weapons he had stored, there should be an obvious concern for the suspect being part of a larger terror cell operating in the United States.
State Police would not reveal if they believe Abdullah was connected to any terror groups.
“That is still under investigation. We do believe he has left the country. We have information to indicate that. As far as his affiliation with other groups, that is being investigated, we do have cooperation with federal authorities on that,” said NYSP Major James Barnes.
According to officials, Abdullah was sent to the Broome County Jail to wait for arraignment.
Although Abdullah is now behind bars, several questions remain. The sheer amount of weapons and ammo he was storing is enough to arm multiple people, so what was his ultimate plan for these arms? Is he operating independently, or part of a wider terrorist cell that is stockpiling firearms for a future attack? How many more of these individuals have storage containers full of powerful weapons around the country?
As pictured below, it wasn’t just a few hunting rifles and handguns that the suspect was storing. Instead, it appears to be a serious arsenal of firearms to be used in a variety of different situations, including the possibility of disabling vehicles with the .50 cal armor-piercing incendiary rounds.
Considering that political correctness has been injected to nearly every aspect of law enforcement and journalism, we may never hear another word regarding this story, let alone uncover the answers to these important questions.
I can’t imagine Ramadan Abdullah simply being a 2nd Amendment activist, part of a patriotism-inspired militia or an avid hunter. Although political correctness would dictate that we must not jump to conclusions based on name, race or religion it’s common to sense to connect similarities between past terror incidents and possible future attacks.