On Wednesday, a Burrillville, Rhode Island man admitted to a federal choose he illegally bought and possessed greater than 200 firearms and he made false statements when buying the firearms, the US Legal professional Zachary A. Cunha introduced.
Ronald Andruchuk 38, was arrested Feb. 24, 2022, at his Burrillville residence the place federal brokers seized greater than 200 firearms, a flame thrower and 1000’s of rounds of ammunition. The arrest was a part of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Based on federal prosecutors, throughout a evaluation of gross sales stories of firearms within the fall of 2018, ATF realized that Andruchuk bought 169 firearms between July 2021 and November 2021. Investigators realized that Andruchuk had earlier contact with the Cranston Police Division, together with an arrest on managed substance offenses. Andruchuk admitted to police to having a substance abuse downside.
In December 2021, two firearms, medication and different gadgets have been positioned within the drop ceiling of a males’s rest room inside a Millbury, Massachusetts Tractor Provide Co. retailer shortly after Andruchuk left the restroom.
After Andruchuk left the shop, an worker approached the supervisor and informed them they seen boot footprints on the seat of the bathroom within the males’s restroom, courtroom data confirmed.
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The supervisor informed investigators she used a ladder to verify the drop ceiling within the males’s rest room and positioned an empty yellow product field and noticed what she believed was the grip of a handgun.
The supervisor then known as the police.
The trooper stopped Andruchuk outdoors after exiting the shop for violation of parking in a handicapped spot. He recognized himself through a Rhode Island driver’s license as Ronald Andruchuk, in response to courtroom paperwork.
Responding officers examined the yellow field and its contents, which have been decided to be a Ruger .380 caliber pistol and a North American Arms .22 caliber pistol. In addition they discovered three rounds of ammunition and two flashlights, data present.
When inspecting the gadgets as a part of the proof, officers discovered a white powdery substance inside the underside of one of many flashlights. Inside the underside of the second flashlight, authorities discovered three blue drugs and a mix of partial drugs and powder, courtroom data present.
ATF officers have been capable of determine that Andruchuk bought the Ruger pistol on Sept. 3, 2021, from D&L Capturing Provides positioned at 3314 West Shore Highway in Warwick, Rhode Island, a federal courtroom affidavit reveals.
Lab assessments recognized the white powdery substance as cocaine, the blue drugs as oxycodone and the partial tablet combine and powder to be amphetamine/cocaine, courtroom data stated.
Andruchuk doesn’t have a license to hold firearms or a firearms identification card lively within the state of Massachusetts.
The Rhode Island man as soon as ran for a state consultant seat.
ATF additionally reviewed firearm gross sales data that Andruchuk stuffed out on Nov. 17, 2021, and Dec. 11, 2021, when trying to buy firearms at two gun shops in Rhode Island and found he falsely claimed he was not “an illegal person of, or hooked on, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or every other managed substance.”
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The firearms and ammunition have been found by federal authorities at Andruchuk’s Rhode Island residence on Feb. 24, 2022, after officers responded to his residence for the ninth time to research stories of photographs fired. Court docket data present neighbors known as police in Burrillville a number of occasions reporting Andruchuk firing weapons recklessly, with some complaining of bullets nearly hitting them.
When officers arrived at his residence on Feb. 24, Andruchuk was nonetheless firing photographs. He was discovered carrying a bulletproof vest and tactical gear which he known as his “battle belt.” He was additionally carrying 4 firearms and methamphetamine, officers stated.
A search of the person’s residence resulted within the seizure of 211 firearms and 1000’s of rounds of ammunition, which was discovered “strewn all through the residence and the property he shares together with his spouse and three younger youngsters,” in response to authorities.
Andruchuk was then arrested on a warrant.
The 38-year-old man ran as a candidate for state consultant as a Republican in Rhode Island’s District 14 in 2018. A marketing campaign Fb profile reveals he advocated for small authorities, medical freedom, spiritual freedom, navy preparedness, excessive ethical and moral requirements, was pro-life and opposed authorities censorship.
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He pleaded responsible Wednesday to 2 expenses of creating a false assertion of fabric truth throughout a firearm buy and possession of a firearm by an illegal person of a managed substance. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2023.
Based on officers, Andruchuk will forfeit all the 219 firearms seized by ATF and Burrillville police which included roughly 25,390 rounds, or 1,555.8 kilos, of various boxed and free ammunition of assorted calibers. The forfeited firearms and ammunition can be destroyed.