Acting District Attorney
January 17, 2017
COMMUNITY PARTNER IN JUSTICE NOTIFICATION
North Carolina Man Indicted for Trafficking
33 Guns to Sell on the Streets of Brooklyn
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 24-year-old man from North Carolina has been arraigned on a 115-count indictment for allegedly trafficking 33 firearms from his home state into Brooklyn. He allegedly sold 25 of the firearms to an undercover police officer on two occasions last month and was arrested with eight additional guns and assault rifle parts before completing a third planned transaction.
The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on December 5, 2016, the defendant, Marcus Gamble, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, sold 10 loaded firearms to an undercover police officer and, on December 13, 2016, the defendant sold the undercover 15 loaded firearms for a total of about $27,000. The sales took place inside a car near Flatbush Avenue and Maple Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
On December 20, 2016, as the defendant was allegedly waiting for a third sale to begin, he was arrested inside a Golden Krust restaurant at 568 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Eight guns and parts of an assault rifle were recovered from his book-bag, according to the indictment.
The 33 guns the defendant is charged with transporting to Brooklyn were mostly pistols and revolvers, including Smith & Wessons, Colts and Rugers. Some of the weapons were purchased legally in North Carolina and others were stolen, the investigation found.
Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The pistols and revolvers that were recovered as part of this investigation are exactly the type of guns that are used to commit violence on our streets. Keeping such weapons – purchased legally in southern states, but possessed illegally in Brooklyn – out of the hands of criminals undoubtedly saves lives so I am determined to continue working with the NYPD to identify out-of-state firearms traffickers and to bring them to justice in Brooklyn.”
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.
Read the full press release here.