MINEOLA - The man accused of living in a Woodmere home full of pot, guns and dozens of explosives has pleaded not guilty to charges.
Marc Ringel, 53, entered the plea at his arraignment this morning to charges of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment charges. Ringel was held without bail.
Ringel's attorney claims his client was an avid collector of antique firearms and explosives and that it was a hobby that got out of control. He says Ringel was planning to sell some of his items online.The district attorney said that Ringel broke into his parents' house while they were away in Florida. Ringel's parents were in court for his arraignment. Ringel was arrested at his parents' Narrow Lane home Tuesday and his entire block was quickly evacuated.
Police say they found 15 pipe bombs, 15 grenades, 50 pounds of bomb making materials and 120 guns inside the home.
Police also say Ringel had turned his parents' home into a pot house with about 250 plants. News 12 Long Island has learned that a grand jury will be adding additional charges at a later time that will most likely involve drugs. Ringel is due back in court on Monday. To watch a news conference on the findings, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.Cops: Grenades found in Woodmere home; neighbors evacuatedPolice: Massive arsenal, explosives found in Woodmere home