By Carlotta Mohamed
FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and other crimes for allegedly collecting several illegal firearms, ammunition, ammo magazines — in addition to illegal narcotics, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
“An early morning raid at the home of the defendant uncovered a lethal force of illegal weapons and drugs,” Brown said. “The defendant in this case allegedly admitted at the time of his arrest that he likes to collect guns and does not have a license for them. Illegal firearms in our communities pose a grave risk to everyone. The defendant has now been arrested, charged and faces a long term of incarceration for his alleged actions.”
The defendant, George Mirzayans, 52, of Thorton Place in Forest Hills, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge John Zoll on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and a weapon as well as using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, according to the DA’s office.
On Saturday, June 9, at around 6 a.m., police executed a court-authorized search warrant at Mirzanyans’ residence. During the raid police recovered rifles, pistols, ammunition, and magazines for ammunition and drugs, according to Brown. In all, seven firearms were seized, including a Winchester Super X Rifle, a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a .30 caliber lever action rifle and a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to Brown.
Police also recovered approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, over eight ounces of cocaine, liquid marijuana, a measuring scale, and spoons with cocaine residue on them, Brown said.
According to the DA, police also recovered nearly $5,000 in cash in the home and Mirzanyans said in sum and substance that he likes guns, he collects guns and does not have a license for any of them. He also allegedly told police that “I sling coke a little bit at a time. I smoke weed and I sling a little bit,” according to the complaint.
Zoll set bail at $100,000 and ordered the defendant to return to court June 25.
— Carlotta Mohamed