Cops hunting for suspected Bronx bomb-maker
Authorities are on the hunt for a Bronx man who had an arsenal of weapons and bomb-making materials in his home, officials said Tuesday.
Richard Laugel — who was already out on $100,000 bail for allegedly trying to blow up a rival drug dealer with a car bomb in 2016 — wasn’t home when Department of Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant at his pad on Palmer Avenue near Erskine Place around 4:45 p.m., law-enforcement sources said.
The DHS was acting on a tip that a woman at the home may have been manufacturing narcotics out of it, sources said.
When they got inside, agents found several handguns, parts to make assault rifles, bottle rockets and Tannerite – a chemical mixture that could be used to make bombs, law enforcement sources said.
No assembled, functional bombs have been found in the home, sources said.
The DHS called in back-up from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the NYPD’s Bomb Squad, which was sweeping the home’s perimeter for booby traps, sources said.
A gun and a silencer were also found in the raid, officials said.
Authorities were searching for Laugel, 36.
Laugel was charged in March 2016 on charges including attempted murder and arson for trying to blow up a rival drug dealer in his car.
He is due back in court on those charges May 29.
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