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Rhode Island man with huge gun stash was also making ghost guns, US prosecutor says

And, Andruchuk made guns himself. Law enforcement found a short-barreled Ghost Rifle in the master bedroom closet and kits, accessories, tools for other firearms under construction.

01RIBurrillvilleGhostGuns – Weapon assembly items seized from Ronald Andruchuk’s home. (United States District Court of Rhode Island)United States District Court of Rhode Island

“Through his possession of the completed ‘Ghost gun’ and his possession of parts of ‘Ghost gun’ being built, the Court can conclude that the Defendant has purchased such kits in the past and knows how to assemble them. “said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra. Hebert wrote in a U.S. District Court filing on Wednesday.

Rhode Island passed a law in 2020 to prohibit the manufacture, transfer, purchase, or possession of any plastic, fiberglass, or 3D-printed guns, as well as “ghost guns,” guns that cannot be found, and undetectable pistols. Ghost guns are firearms without a serial number required by the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968.

Andruchuk’s attorney, public defender Kevin Fitzgerald, previously maintained that Andruchuk posed no danger to the neighborhood because law enforcement seized all of his weapons. He had mentioned possible “exclusion zones” where a GPS wristband would render gun shops off limits.

The ghost gun and exhibits seized from the home “further show that there is no condition or combination of conditions that the Court can establish that will protect the public and ensure that the accused does not have access to the firearms. fire,” Hebert wrote.

Andruchuk, who is being held at the Wyatt Detention Center on federal firearms charges, was set to be released on bail Monday, with conditions. But U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. suspended an order by Magistrate Patricia Sullivan for his release, after Hebert appealed.

A hearing on the government’s emergency motion for a stay is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. in front of McConnell.

Andruchuk, an occasional host of a far-right local YouTube talk show and a failed Republican candidate for a House seat, came to the attention of the ATF when he began buying dozens of weapons from fire in recent months.

He had been a substitute teacher in Providence and an unlicensed counselor at the DaVinci Center in Cranston, but told arms dealers he made a lot of money in cryptocurrency, court records show. And that his new hobby was owning guns.

Andruchuk and his wife moved their three young sons out of Cranston late last fall and into a house at 1746 Tarkiln Road in Burrillville that they bought for around $480,000. Soon after, neighbors began to hear gunfire at all hours coming from Andruchuk’s property – with bullets burning in nearby backyards.

Neighbors record shots of RI man illegally storing over 200 firearms
Shocking video from neighbors of a man who stored more than 200 firearms captures gunfire tearing through woods.

When he was arrested last week after shooting from his home, Andruchuk was wearing what he described as his ‘battle belt’, in which he had four guns, ammunition, a knife and methamphetamine .

Burrillville officers and the ATF searched Andruchuk’s home and found unsecured firearms almost everywhere in the house. In the basement, there were so many guns they were stacked on top of each other on the floor, on shelves, in open boxes, with boxes of ammunition everywhere, according to court records and photos .

There were over 40 guns in the master suite, some in hidden compartments, guns in the kitchen, guns in the bathroom, a gun behind a wall clock in the main entrance and an assortment of ammunition on the first and second floors.

Some of the firearms found in the basement of Ronald Andruchuk’s home in Burrillville, RIUnited States District Court of Rhode Island

They seized 211 firearms, with an estimated value of $100,000; the “pounds and pounds” of ammunition appeared to total about 10,000 rounds, according to court records.

Andruchuk is charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, due to his alleged drug use; making false declarations to buy firearms; and causing false records to be kept by licensed gun dealers. Burrillville police also charge him with shooting into a compact area.

The state Department of Children, Youth, and Families has opened an investigation into the well-being of her 10-year-old son and 5-year-old twins, who lived in the home with guns unsecured.

28RIguns – Ronald A. Andruchuk of Burrillville. (Burillville Police)Burrillville Police

Andruchuk had a history of illegal drug use, which he denied during requests to purchase firearms, according to court records.

The ATF said it found evidence that Andruchuk was still using drugs. In December, he allegedly hid two handguns and flashlights containing cocaine, oxycodone and amphetamines in the ceiling of a men’s bathroom at the Tractor Supply Co. in Millbury, Mass.

Andruchuk’s wife, Jennifer, said he was taking Adderall and other drugs, according to an affidavit from ATF Special Agent Justin Delaney. Adderall contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, but may be addictive if abused.

The executive director of the DaVinci Center in Providence told the Globe that Andruchuk said he was taking medication for Crohn’s disease.

In the basement, amid stacks of guns, law enforcement found a tin box containing a bag of orange pills, similar to what they had seized from the Tractor Supply’s flashlights. .

When authorities went to question Andruchuk, he appeared pale, clammy and under the influence, according to court records.

More guns found in basement of Ronald Andruchuk’s home in Burrillville, RIUnited States District Court of Rhode Island

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