Narcotics detectives found stashes of cocaine and marijuana — along with a small arsenal of weapons — inside a Forest Hills home during a police raid on Saturday morning.
The NYPD Narcotics Borough Queens North came calling at 6 a.m. on June 9 to 52-year-old George Mirzayans’ Thornton Place home. They executed a search warrant obtained as a result of an investigation.
Officers entered the home and observed Mirzayans running down a flight of stairs toward the basement; they apprehended him without further incident.
According to the criminal complaint that the Queens District Attorney’s office provided, Mirzayans asked law enforcement agents why they were there. Police soon answered his question when they looked inside his den and found it packed with cocaine and marijuana left out in the open.
Law enforcement agents seized two heat-sealed packs of cocaine left on the floor near a shelving unit, and several ziploc bags of the white powder on the shelving unit itself. They also recovered a white scale that contained cocaine, along with 36 plastic bags of marijuana weighing in excess of 10 pounds and 19 cartridges of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a concentrated form of marijuana’s psychoactive property.
As the search continued, detectives found numerous firearms and ammunition in the living room, in the basement and even concealed in a hole in the wall inside of a closet. The firearms seized included a .44-caliber lever action rifle; a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol; a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol; a Ruger old army cap and ball revolver; a .38-caliber semiautomatic pistol; a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle; and a .30-caliber lever action rifle.
Police also recovered more than $4,700 in cash left on top of a computer desk inside the basement.
Mirzayans was taken into custody on multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of firearms.
Court records noted that Mirzayans was ordered held on $100,000 bail and to return to court on June 25.
Deputy Inspector Robert Ramos, commander of the 112th Precinct, took to Twitter on June 9 to congratulate the Narcotics Borough Queens unit on their work.
Great job by Captain Mackie and his Queens North Narcotics Team removing these guns and drugs off the street. #OneLessGun @NYPDONeill @NYPDChiefofDept @NYPDQueensNorth pic.twitter.com/sN4DsuFT6P
— NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) June 9, 2018