A narcotics raid in Brooklyn turned up some expected items — drug paraphernalia, brass knuckles — and one weapon that gave cops quite a surprise: a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher.
The anti-tank weapon, a battlefield staple, was inert, but hardly something police ever expected to find in an apartment on Knickerbocker Ave. in Bushwick, police sources said.
Working off a tip received in the Bronx that guns and drugs could be found inside the apartment, which is near Schaefer St., cops raided the home on Friday morning, the sources said.
It was not immediately revealed where in the apartment the rocket-launcher was found, but the sources emphasized that the weapon posed no threat to the public.
“You can only use those things once,” a police source said. “Right now, it’s just a paperweight.”
Juan Garcia, 41, who was inside the apartment at the time of the raid, was taken into custody and booked on weapon possession and drug-related charges, police said. His arraignment was pending. His relationship to the property was not known.
Cops from the Bronx’s 40th Precinct, who got the tip from a confidential informant, praised the find on Twitter. The tip apparently came from the Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the tweet notes.
“40 FIO&@NYPD83Pct pull a WMD out of BK into safer hands! Great work 40 Anti-Crime1 for an arrest&gun #PattersonHouses,” the tweet said.
Cops were trying to figure out how the weapon came to be in the apartment and when it was fired, the sources said. It could have been bought or obtained after it was fired, and served mainly as a conversation piece, the sources said.