West Village Terror Suspects Are "Well-to-Do Junkies"
Cops say a young couple arrested for possession of explosives are "admitted heroin addicts."
A young West Village couple who were arrested last weekend for possession of explosives are just "well-to-do junkies, not terrorists," according to a police source. Cops raided the apartment of Aaron Greene, 31, and his pregnant girlfriend Morgan Gliedman, 27, on Saturday morning after a tip-off. They found hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (an explosive) and some papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia," plus a shotgun and ammunition. "It’s an ongoing investigation that aroused our concerns, obviously, because of the weapons, including the explosives, and the material found in the apartment, including these handbooks involving weapons of mass killing," said police commissioner Ray Kelly. Their activities seemed eerily reminiscent of the radical Weather Underground in the 1970s—that group constructed a bomb which destroyed a townhouse just blocks away from the couple's apartment. But a police source now tells the Daily Beast: "It looks like they’re junkies," and attributes the criminal materials merely to the couple's druggy lifestyle. The NYPD has reportedly described the daughter of wealthy parents and her boyfriend as "admitted heroin addicts." And an unnamed neighbor agrees: “There was always a heavy cloud of smoke emanating from the place, and one got the sense that they were both heavily into drugs," he says. "They were very insular and seemed kind of in their own world. They kept the apartment filthy and they had vermin problems.” Greene and Gliedman, who gave birth to a baby girl on Monday, are being held and face possible jail time.