Suffolk authorities have recovered a collection of illegal firearms in connection with arrests on drug-related crimes over the last two weeks, officials said on Thursday.
The most recent search warrant was executed on Thursday morning on a home in Copiague, where five people were arrested, authorities said.
In all, over the two weeks, 26 people were arrested after search warrants were executed. Weapons seized included included sawed-off shotguns, an Uzi and an assault rifle, authorities said.
Police also recovered felony amounts of narcotics and $10,000 in drug dealing proceeds, officials said.
“These are dangerous weapons that endanger our community and that’s why we’re going to keep the pressure on,” said Suffolk Police Commissioner Timonthy Sini.
The warrants were executed in several communities including two in Bay Shore and two in North Amityville, Sini said.
Charges against the 26 include criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, Sini said.
Police did not release the names of those arrested.
The weapons recovered include a 9-mm semi-automatic Uzi machine pistol, a .38 caliber revolver, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, five other rifles, six shot guns, which include three sawed-off shot guns, and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, Sini said.
About 70 grams of crack cocaine, 40 grams of heroin, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, and other drugs including Oxycodone, Xanax and MDMA, were also recovered, Sini said. Drug paraphernalia such as scales and hypodermic needles were also found, he said.
“During these search warrants, we are recovering narcotics, we are recovering firearms, removing dangerous weapons off the street, arresting drug dealers and we’re sending a very clear message,” Sini said.
Authorities used undercover detectives, confidential informants, local residents, surveillance materials to lay the groundwork for the warrants, Sini said.
Police have recovered weapons in about 30 percent of the search warrants with as many as 20 firearms recovered so far for November, Sini said.