BUFFALO, NY – A man arrested during a drug raid and allegedly found to be in possession of dangerous, military grade explosives, was arraigned in Buffalo City Court on Wednesday morning, where his bail was set at $100,000.
Luis Garcia-Ramos, 28, plead not guilty to a host of charges before Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee.
According to court documents obtained by 2 On Your Side, police were acting on a warrant when they raided Ramos' Chicago Street apartment where they allege he had been selling drugs.
“These narcotics were being distributed to individuals that were driving in from the suburbs, into the city of Buffalo to purchase crack cocaine," said Alan Rozansky, Chief of the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division.
During the raid, lawmen said they found a small quantity of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a loaded shotgun, and – perhaps most disturbing - a small amount of C-4, a military grade explosive, along with detonating cord and a time fuse.
The ATF was contacted and will, according to Sheriff’s Bomb Squad Captain Jim Welch, attempt to deduce the origin of the explosive material.
Recipes to make C-4 can be easily found on line, where the ingredients for it can also be purchased.
“There are readily available powders that are legal to own, but the way someone can configure it could be pretty devastating if they want to make a pipe bomb," Said Sheriff’s Bomb Squad Lt. Greg Kent.
Interestingly Ramos is not charged with illegally possessing the C4, or bomb making materials. He is charged instead with illegally storing the stuff by not having it contained in a regulation magazine constructed under specific standards – a felony under the state business law.
"The explosives were found in a second floor closet which was in an open hallway," confirmed Sheriff’s Narcotics Squad Detective D.J. Granville.
However, this lead to Ramos also being charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as it is alleged that the materials, along with his loaded shotgun, were stored in a manner which made them easily accessible to his 7-year-old son.
During Wednesday's five-minute court proceeding, prosecutors moved to have Ramos held without bail, or at the very least have it set at $250,000 due to what they classified as the “serious nature” of the charges. But Ramos’ lawyer noted that his client has no criminal record, Judge Johnson-Lee set the bail at $100,000 instead.