Pennsylvania authorities announced charges against a couple last week after they found almost $1 million of methamphetamine, six ghost guns and Nazi paraphernalia in their home during a raid.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the charges against the couple, Christopher Weikert and Tara Gallucci, on Friday after agents from the attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and officers of the State Police Special Emergency Response Team searched their home Wednesday.
The residence is in Northampton Borough, part of the Lehigh Valley area, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.
“Investigators discovered 21.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $968,200,” Shapiro’s office said in a statement. They also discovered “six fully assembled ghost guns, three 80 percent receivers used to make ghost guns, four assault rifles, three handguns, and various ghost gun parts, along with drug and Nazi paraphernalia.”
So-called ghost guns are homemade firearms often made from parts bought online, which do not have traceable serial numbers. They have recently been the subject of executive actions by President Joe Biden to curb their use through federal regulation.
Authorities arrested Gallucci, 34. Weikert, 34, fled and remains at large, authorities said.
Both suspects, who are convicted felons, were charged with two dozen drug and firearms counts, Shapiro’s office said.
“People have the right to feel safe in their homes and in the neighborhoods where they live and work — and gun and drug traffickers erode that basic right,” Shapiro said. “We must continue to get these poisons out of our neighborhoods and off our streets.”
Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News.