AG Shapiro Announces Two Arrests, Six Ghost Guns Seized In Northampton Drug Trafficking Scheme

April 30, 2021 | Topic: Criminal

12 Firearms, Including Six Ghost Guns, and $968K Worth of Meth Seized

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest warrants for a Northampton Borough couple for their roles in a gun and drug trafficking scheme.

“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. These traffickers were also carrying ghost guns, which are quickly becoming the weapon of choice for criminals and fueling the gun violence epidemic,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We must continue to get these poisons out of our neighborhoods and off our streets.”

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant on the home of Christopher Weikert and Tara Gallucci. During the search, investigators discovered 21.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $968,200, 25.5 grams, or 1,275 doses, of fentanyl with a street value of $4,275, 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.

Both are convicted felons and have been charged with four counts of Possession With Intent To Deliver, three counts of Possession of Controlled Substances, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 14 counts of Possession of Prohibited Firearms. Gallucci, 34, is in custody and Weikert, after fleeing the scene during the search, is still at large.

This case is being prosecuted by the Northampton District Attorney’s office. All charges are accusations. The defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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