Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Court Report
Richard Blassberg

United States Attorney, Working With Agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives,
Interdicts Gun Trafficking Before Reaching The Streets of Westchester

Analysis: The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael J. Garcia, last Wednesday, May 30, announced the indictment of David Gonzalez of the Bronx for the unlicensed dealing in firearms. The “reverse sting” operation, carried out by agents with ATF, to interdict such gun trafficking especially by an offender in an adjacent county, the Bronx, has profound implications for the residents of Westchester, particularly Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle which have recently seen numerous incidents involving guns.

The government operation was a “reverse sting” in that ATF agents did not buy from the perpetrator, but instead sold to him for his intended resale. As a consequence, the perpetrator’s statements of prior sales and his intention to sell what he was purchasing, were very crucial to obtaining an indictment and, ultimately, a conviction.

The actual indictment, below, details graphically the activities of the type of perpetrator who must be prevented from putting guns into the hands of our youth.

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