City cops charged in smuggling ring

Commissioner Ray Kelly said all the arrested officers are suspended while addressing what he called the “disturbing” arrests yesterday at a news conference.

They are supposed to carry guns for protection — not sell them for wads of cash.

Eight NYPD officers were arrested yesterday morning by the feds for smuggling guns, cigarettes and slot machines into New York as part of an elaborate ring, according to the FBI.

The officers, five active and three retired, smuggled in everything from M-16 rifles to handguns and one shotgun, agents said. The officers conspired to pass off guns with rubbed-off serial numbers across state lines, allege FBI agents. One of the police officers even bragged he could supply a thug for hire.

“A number of men once charged with enforcing the law are now charged with breaking it,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said yesterday. The FBI made the arrests after a two-year investigation.

The five active-duty officers arrested are William Masso, 47, Eddie Goris, 31, John Mahoney, 26, Ali Oklu, 35, and Gary Ortiz, 27. The cops worked at Brooklyn precincts in Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and Crown Heights.

The three retired officers are Joseph Trischitta, 42, Marco Venezia, 46, and Richard Melnik, 42, and two were on active duty while allegedly involved in the ring, officials said.

Agents reported the black-market sales as recently as Oct. 5, when they said Masso paid an undercover FBI agent $147,600, his share from stolen cigarettes.

According to the complaint, Masso promised he could get anything, a “retired cop, ex-cop, bad guy.”
He added, “You want a guy who beats the s— out of somebody who bothers him, we got that.”

Mayor: Officers a ‘betrayal’

new york. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made stopping illegal gun and cigarette trafficking two of his top priorities as mayor, called the arrests yesterday “a disgraceful and deplorable betrayal of the public trust.” “Our city has lost too many people — and too many police officers — to criminals who buy guns illegally,” he said.

Another black eye for NYPD

new york. Last week, the FBI arrested an officer for civil rights violations after they said he arrested a black man for racial reasons. In August, Michael Pena, an off-duty cop, was arrested after a woman claimed he raped her. Bronx prosecutors indicted 17 officers in September after officials said they fixed parking tickets for friends and family members.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Local

Local politicians pressure DOJ to investigate Ramarley Graham…

On what would have been his 21st birthday, Ramarley Graham's mother joined elected leaders to ask the U.S. Department of Justice investigate his death.

Local

Muslim leaders welcome NYPD surveillance changes with degree…

Leaders and advocates praise the NYPD's move to shut down a unit tied to its Muslim surveillance program but say there's more left to do.

Local

PHOTOS: More than $12 million in heroin, crystal…

Authorities seized more than 44 pounds of heroin and 17 pounds of crystal meth from two stash houses this week during a Manhattan drug bust.

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

Masahiro Tanaka dominates Cubs over eight shutout innings

Masahiro Tanaka certainly had no-hit caliber stuff Wednesday as he allowed just two bunt singles.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

Wellbeing

Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg…

By Will DunhamWASHINGTON (Reuters) - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you…

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.