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'Wipe out the scum': NYC brothers indicted for having massive stockpile of ghost guns, homemade explosives
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'Wipe out the scum': NYC brothers indicted for having massive stockpile of ghost guns, homemade explosives

Two brothers have been indicted for reportedly keeping a stockpile of homemade explosives and ghost guns in their New York City home. They have been criminally charged with more than 100 criminal counts, according to Fox News Digital.

Andrew and Angelo Hatziagelis have been charged with 130 counts of criminal possession of weapons and other charges after prosecutors in the case said assault rifles, ghost guns, and homemade explosives were discovered in their Queens apartment, which is located across the street from a power plant.

While the brothers have not been tied to any terrorist organization at this stage of the investigation, anarchist material was discovered in their home. There was also a hit list discovered in their home, which targeted politicians, cops, judges, and even celebrities.

The New York Post reported that the brothers had written "wipe out the scum" on a piece of paper that contained the hit list. Another note read "wipe out the earth," with another line marked as "chorus — hit list."

There was reportedly another scrap of paper that said, "Human sacrifices. Permitable [sic] but only for the corrupt rapists, pedophiles, murderers, politicians, judges."

The authorities executed a search warrant on January 17 at the Hatziagelises' home in Astoria following a six-month investigation into the illegal manufacturing of ghost guns and 3D-printed firearms, per Fox News Digital.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz released a statement on Monday, saying, "The city is safer today," adding that "we cannot measure the number of lives that were saved but we do know that these weapons will never hurt anyone."

The authorities discovered a partially made IED set up with a trip-wire device, which demonstrated that the brothers had an "advanced level of sophistication in homemade explosives."

Katz went on to mention that there were smoke bombs, more than 600 rounds of ammunition, and three sets of armor found in the brothers' home. She added that a radio scanner was set to the 114th Precinct, indicating the brothers "were listening."

"It is significant to note that homemade explosives in general and improvised explosive devices such as the ones we recovered are extremely unpredictable and highly volatile," Katz said. "The mere act of removing them from the house and have them submitted for lab testing is risky for the NYPD and for any office or agency that enters the building that they are contained in."

While the authorities carried out the search warrant, the NYPD bomb squad had to leave the location several times to study and disassemble the homemade bombs.

"In fact, four of the IEDs were recovered in the same container. Had one of those IEDs detonated, it would likely have resulted in a shock wave that would have detonated the remaining explosives," Katz continued. "This prompted the bomb squad, like I said, to evacuate the entire building several times."

The brothers are due to appear in court on February 15, and they could face 25 years in prison if they are convicted.

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