Cops: Man arrested with arsenal of guns

Allegedly had 20,000 rounds of ammunition
January 3, 2008 11:39:23 AM PST
Police in Queens made a major gun bust Wednesday night. One man was arrested after police discovered an arsenal of weapons, which were put on display Thursday morning. Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett has the story.

Police found a gigantic cache of weaponry in the car and home of a Queens man, including a machine gun and 20,000 rounds of ammo.

The New York Police Department arrested 36-year-old Suwei Chuang Wednesday night after getting reports that he was carrying a weapon. They searched his home and vehicle and found his arsenal.

The NYPD said the weapons included an AR-15 assault rifle with 18 loaded magazines and a Belgium-made machine gun, along with 40 large combat knives and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Some of the ammo was the armor-piercing variety.

He also had four bulletproof vests and a half-dozen police-style radios.

Investigators say they do not believe Chuang is a would-be terrorist, just a black market weapons dealer, but an ambitious one at that.

"I don't know if you'd like to be sitting in traffic beside a guy with an AR-15 and 800 rounds," Detective Miles Mahady said. "I wouldn't. Lower Manhattan, there's a lot of people, you can move quickly in a car. With that sort of firepower in the car, it's particularly scary."

Chuang was arrested without a struggle on charges of criminal weapons possession. Police say the next step is to track down his customers.