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3 men indicted for trafficking firearms and narcotics

17 Handguns Purchased During Course of Two-Month Operation

March 11, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. AP photo
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Three men have been arraigned on an indictment for allegedly selling firearms and crack cocaine to undercover officers over two months during an operation in Brooklyn and Queens, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has learned. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the indictments Wednesday afternoon.

“This investigation highlights our continued effort to stop the influx of drugs and firearms into Brooklyn,” said DA Thompson in a released statement.

The defendants have been identified as Everton Gonzalez of Ozone Park, Queens, and Omar Cobb of Arverne, Queens. They were arraigned this morning before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Gonzalez is being held on $500,000 bail and Cobb on $250,000 bail. A third defendant, Zameer Khan, also of Arverne, was arraigned on the indictment last month and is being held on $300,000 bail. 

According to the Brooklyn DA’s office, the investigation included undercover police officers making multiple purchases of weapons and crack cocaine in the vicinity of Liberty Avenue and Drew Street in East New York, and later, in the vicinity of Beach 59th Street and Larkin Avenue, in Far Rockaway, Queens.

The investigation began in November 2014, when an undercover police officer allegedly made multiple gun and narcotics purchases from Gonzalez, who later allegedly sent his cousin, Cobb, to deliver the guns. The sales were later made in Queens after Cobb complained that he didn’t have a car and couldn’t get to Brooklyn, instead asking that the undercover travel to Queens to purchase the weapons. It is further alleged that Khan also acted in concert with Cobb in selling weapons and drugs, including selling 60 grams of what was purported to be crack cocaine for $3,500 to an undercover. 

The alleged drugs later tested negative for narcotics.

The defendants allegedly sold a wide variety of firearms to the undercover, including: a .9 mm Mac-11 assault weapon, .22 caliber Walther pistol, a .44 caliber Ruger revolver, a .9 mm Hi-Point pistol, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a .357 caliber Ruger revolver, a .40 point caliber Hi-Point pistol, a .38 caliber Taurus revolver, a .38 caliber Armi Fabri pistol, a .9 mm Bryco Arms pistol, a .38 caliber Argentina revolver and others. The defendants also allegedly sold four ounces of crack cocaine and two ounces of purported crack cocaine to the undercover over the course of multiple purchases.   

 

-Information provided by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office


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