A Brooklyn man was caught with an arsenal of $20,000 worth of ghost gun parts, including nearly 300 high-capacity magazines he allegedly bought online, officials said Wednesday.
Rene Loyola, 25, is accused of ordering the massive stockpile of gun parts from 12 different online retailers between March 2020 and March 2022, Manhattan and Brooklyn prosecutors said in a joint press release.
Loyola allegedly had some of the firearm parts shipped to an address in Pennsylvania to circumvent New York’s strict gun laws.
Police raided Loyola’s Brooklyn apartment and a storage unit in Manhattan on April 20 and recovered equipment — including more than 30 gun frames and receivers and nearly 300 high-capacity magazines that could hold nearly 9,000 rounds, officials said.
Loyola was indicted by a grand jury on May 6 on 235 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and other related charges.
He appeared with his attorney in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors said Loyola posted bail, which was set at $150,000 in cash or $200,000 on bail.
Wearing a striped short-sleeved shirt, dark trousers and a black face mask, Loyola declined to comment as he left the court with his girlfriend.
“New York’s strict laws initially kept these magazines out of our state, but Rene Loyola eventually took advantage of lax regulations elsewhere,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez added, “This defendant allegedly acquired a vast arsenal of gun parts that could easily have ended up as illegal ghost guns on the streets of our communities.”
“Recovering these receivers, frames and magazines is important as we continue to fight to curb the gun violence that is ravaging our city. I thank DA Bragg and the NYPD for their cooperation.”
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