Guns, drugs seized from borough home
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced April 30 the arrest warrants for a Northampton Borough couple for their roles in a gun and drug trafficking scheme.
According to Shapiro, 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 326 E. Eighth St., Northampton, apartment of Christopher Weikert and Tara Gallucci April 28.
During the search, Shapiro said, 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;
• various ghost gun parts; and
• drug and Nazi paraphernalia.
According to Shapiro, Weikert and Gallucci, both age 34, 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.
After the search, Weikert and Gallucci were seen driving past the home, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The vehicle fled from Northampton Borough police.
Gallucci was taken into custody near the home.
Weikert escaped the area on foot and, at press time, remains at large.
“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,” Shapiro said. “We must continue to get these poisons out of our neighborhoods and off our streets.”
The affidavit states Weikert has a previous Lehigh County conviction for burglary, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
The affidavit also states Gallucci has prior convictions in Middlesex County, N.J., for kidnapping and aggravated assault, charges that prohibit her from possessing a firearm as well.