Nassau Police are actively investigating a drug-selling operation out of a Farmingdale house with a massive cache of weapons, authorities said Thursday.
A Nassau PD spokesman tells News 4 they found 22 "ghost guns" (unregistered guns without commercial serial numbers), as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition and unknown quantities of bomb-making chemicals at the home. A third of a pound of cocaine was also discovered inside.
Police said officers were doing a wellness check on a man who lives at the Farmingdale home when they found him with the arsenal of weapons and ammo. Officers at the scene said there several weapons on a table in plain sight when they arrived.
There were also chemicals in liquid and powder form, as well as a manual on how to make explosives. Due to the chemicals, police evacuated the property and called in the FBI, bomb squad and narcotics units to assist.
Three people — later identified as Daniel Petrizzo, Tiffany Pawson and Eddie Fernandez — were arrested, Nassau County Police added. The trio faces a litany of drug and weapons charges after running what detectives call a secret explosives lab.
Petrizzo denied making any bombs, instead insisting as he was walked in handcuffs by police that it was "just a chemistry set."
Police said the arrests were thanks to an anonymous 911 caller who told police that Petrizzo was out of control and want to hurt himself.