The NYPD and the Bronx district attorney Thursday announced the indictment of two Morrisania-based men for selling 33 illegal guns to an undercover police officer.
The men allegedly operated on the streets by the Forest Houses, near Jackson Avenue and East 163rd Street, in the Bronx. Police say they traced two of the firearms to shootings in the Bronx and Manhattan, and that two of the firearms are “ghost guns,” which have no serial numbers and may be composed of 3D printed parts.
According to the indictment, the defendants sold 25 semi-automatic pistols, five revolvers and three assault weapons, as well as weapons magazines and 80 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent for a total of $63,460. The sales occurred over four months in late 2021 and early 2022.
Police allege that the defendants are members of Forest Over Everything Crew, affiliated to the Bloods gang.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said that the NYPD worked with the New York division of the Drug Enforcement Administration on the case.
“While we focus on the Iron Pipeline bringing new guns from out of state, this is a case of stopping criminals from recycling weapons that are destroying our communities,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. “I thank the courageous undercover officer for helping to make the Bronx safer.”
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.