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Cops Plead Guilty to Conspiracy

Police and corrections officers in New York and New Jersey have pled guilty to federal conspiracy charges. They were charged with participating in a scheme to transport firearms and stolen items across state lines. In addition to the weapons, the officers admitted to knowingly moving goods such as stolen slot machines, cigarettes and other items across state lines.

The scheme operated from September, 2010 to October, 2011. The mastermind of the conspiracy was an active-duty NYPD officer assigned to the 68th precinct in Brooklyn. The other participants who recently pled guilty included another Brooklyn police officer also assigned to the 68th precinct and a New Jersey corrections officer. Conspirators also included an officer from another Brooklyn precinct, a sanitation department police officer, and other current and retired officers from the 68th precinct.

The officers pled guilty to transporting three M-16 rifles, one shotgun, 16 handguns, six slot machines and thousands of cartons of cigarettes and counterfeit goods. The guns had been defaced to remove or alter the serial numbers. The value of the items was estimated to have a street value of approximately $1 million.

To carry out the plan, the officers planned to use their knowledge and badges to deflect suspicion and give legitimacy to the operation. The two who recently pled guilty face a maximum of ten years in federal prison. They have also consented to money judgements representing their interest in the stolen items. They are scheduled for sentencing in May and June.

Source: North County Gazette, "Ex-NYPD Cop, NJ CO Guilty Of Illegal Firearms Transport," Feb. 15, 2012.

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