Long Island Man Accused Of Making Ghost Guns, Selling Heroin

Sophia Hall
September 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm
Christopher Swanson

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LONG ISLAND (WCBS 880) — Prosecutors on Long Island accuse an alleged drug dealer of running what appeared to be a gun assembly operation.

Christopher Swanson of Sayville was arrested after Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said two officers first noticed a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Ronkonkoma hotel.

Swanson was found inside one of the rooms and arrested.

In his hotel room, Sini says, there were 800 bags of heroin along with a number of ghost guns, including a machine gun.

"This is a drug dealer. A drug dealer who was assembling ghost weapons," Sini said. "It cannot be overstated how dangerous these weapons are particularly when in possession of a criminal, a prior felon, a known drug dealer."

Ghost guns are weapons that are built using gun parts purchased over the internet and do not have serial numbers, making them untraceable.

His attorney says building guns was a hobby for his client.

"I'm sure he sells drugs for a hobby, too," Sini said. "These weapons are illegal under New York state law, period. Secondly, he's a felon, so he has no ability to possess weapons."

Swanson has pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, Swanson faces 15 years in prison. He was being held on $500,000 bond.