The NYPD had a major victory in getting guns off the street last week, with a bust that led to several arrests and the recovery of a cache of assault weapons and ammo.
After executing a search warrant at 145-09 133 Ave. in Jamaica on Jan. 15, members of the Queens Narcotics Squad and the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn arrested five people who were living at the residence. They recovered an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm semiauto pistol, a .357 revolver, 399 rounds of ammunition for the above mentioned weapons, an ammunition drum capable of holding 75 rounds, a bulletproof vest and a quantity of marijuana.
The following individuals — Leroy Lyking, 62, Deborah Lyking, 57, Deja Taitt, 17, Dawn Taitt, 38, and Troy Taitt, 38 — were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a machine gun, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of three or more firearms, criminal possession of an assault rifle, criminal possession of an ammo clip, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of marijuana.
Just last week, the state passed new restrictions on firearms, including a ban on many military-style assault rifles and ammo clips holding more than seven rounds.