Long Island man under investigation by FBI terrorism task force arrested in ‘ghost’ gun bust

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October 05, 2019 - 5:49 pm
John Dejana

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – A Long Island man who was being investigated by an FBI terrorism task force was arrested in an illegal gun bust.

Police said they found 27 guns on the property of 47-year-old John Dejana in Port Washington.

Nassau County Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Smith said he has no idea what Dejana planned to do with the guns but that they were found all over the house that he shares with his wife and four young daughters on Slocum Avenue.

Among the guns were 11 “ghost” guns—firearms that can’t be identified and have no serial numbers.

"They're assembled by kits, sometimes 3D printers, and some are undetectable by metal detectors," Smith said.

One of the ghost guns was found in the room of Dejana's 12-year-old daughter, according to police.

“Even her father didn’t know where it was,” Smith said. “Who puts that in their 12-year-old daughter’s room?”

Five assault rifles, 12 ammunition magazines and four kits to build ghost guns were also seized from the home, according to Smith.

Dejana was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a weapon during an arraignment in Hempstead on Friday.

The FBI Long Island Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating Dejana, according to Newsday.

Nassau County District Attorey Madeline Singas says that when he wasn’t building guns, Dejana would flaunt them on Facebook.

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