NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Friday found a rocket launcher inside a Bushwick, Brooklyn home during a raid for guns and drugs.

Officers from a Bronx precinct provided a tip to the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn that guns and drugs were inside a home at 846 Knickerbocker Ave., sources said.

The 83rd Precinct officers raided the ground-floor apartment of the Bushwick home Friday morning, and found a military-grade rocket launcher in the home, sources said.

The rocket-launcher was a single-use weapon and had already been used, sources said. It cannot be re-armed.

Police also found drug paraphernalia and brass knuckles in the residence, sources said.

A suspect – Juan Garcia, 41 – was arrested and charged with drugs and weapons possession, sources said.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, next-door neighbor Brad Goodall found the whole idea preposterous.

“It’s hard to believe – extremely hard to believe,” Goodall said. “Who has rocket launchers in Brooklyn? What do you need it for? It’s ridiculous.”

The origin of the military-grade rocket launcher, believed to be an anti-tank device, was not known late Friday afternoon. But it was believed to be old and police sources emphasized that it was inoperable.


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