A grand jury has handed up a staggering 17 indictment of an Upper East Side man whose sister, ‘Uncut Gems’ actor Julia Fox, once described as ‘like a mad scientist, prosecutors announced Wednesday, revealing Christopher Fox, 30, spent thousands of dollars on drug and gun-making equipment found inside a luxury UES apartment last month.
“Christopher Fox fully equipped himself with an arsenal of materials to operate a ghost gun and narcotics factory out of his home,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, announcing the indictment, “His use of 3D printing to manufacture parts for assault-style weapons serves as another example of just how easy and cheap it is to create dangerous firearms in a home or apartment.
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Back on March 9th, a crush of NYPD counterterrorism units and FDNY HazMat crews descended on 200 East 84th Street, near the corner of Third Avenue, hauling out evidence that we now know included multiple 3D-printed silencers and untraceable receivers — the frame of the firearm — as well as enough ghost gun parts to fully assemble one functional assault-style rifle, police said.
“Today’s charges underscore the fact that the manufacturing of illegal, untraceable ghost guns continues to be the fastest-growing public-safety threat we are facing – and we are attacking it head-on,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
“Our ongoing efforts to eradicate gun violence in New York mean that NYPD investigators, in close cooperation with all of our law enforcement partners at the city, state, and federal levels, will never stop pursuing these types of cases,” Sewell added.
Through a long-term investigation, investigators found that Fox spent more than $7,000 over four-and-a-half years prior to his arrest on at least 190 different items to build guns, prosecutors allege. Three 3D printers, two homemade high-capacity magazines, an ammunition press — to make your own bullets — and multiple rounds of ammo were also recovered, in addition to multiple blueprints for printing 3D guns, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“With just a couple clicks online and a few hundred dollars, these guns can be created without any background check or license,” D.A. Bragg explained, “We will continue to crack down on the polymer pipeline with our law enforcement partners and advocate for tougher laws to stop the proliferation of these weapons.”
Beyond the ghost gun factory allegedly hidden inside the Upper East Side apartment Fox shares with his father, prosecutors say the celebrity sibling was running a drug mill as well.
Starting back in the summer of 2019, authorities say Fox purchased $7,000 worth of equipment and precursor chemicals to make illegal drugs, like chloroform, nitric acid, ethanol, ammonium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and potassium nitrate.
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Inside Fox’s apartment, investigators say they uncovered a slew of illegal drugs and controlled substances including various opioids like fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, buprenorphine and methadone; as well as uppers cocaine and speed.
“A pill press with a hopper, a blender, glassware, laboratory equipment and a scale were also recovered,” according to the D.A.’s Office, “Most of these items were covered in fentanyl residue.”
Christopher Fox has been free since posting a $450,000 bond, reportedly co-signed by his famous sister Julia Fox, who admitted in a TikTok last month that she was “embarrassed” by her brother’s arrest, but claimed that “the media did sensationalize it.”
“I know my brother and I’ve always known him to be like — I’m not kidding you guys — like the sweetest most gentle kind soft spoken, loves animals, loves to plant flowers, has a green thumb, loves nature,” continued the actor and model who also revealed last year that she briefly dated Kayne West.
“I will say that both my brother and I have a lot of trauma,” Julia Fox said, adding that she is “scrappy,” while her brother has “internalized” his rage.
“I can say the silver lining to this whole ordeal is that he’s finally gonna get the help that I’ve been trying to get him for so long,” Fox added.
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