Police Sergeant Accused of Making, Selling Guns in Hudson Valley
A police sergeant is accused of illegally making and selling guns to outlawed people in the Hudson Valley.
On Thursday, New York State Police arrested Gregg Marinelli, 38, of Plattekill on numerous weapons charges.
Marinelli, who is a sergeant with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police, is accused of illegally manufacturing dozens of handguns and assault rifles, including at least one fully automatic assault rifle, and selling them to people who are legally barred from possessing such weapons.
It's alleged Marinelli assembled the guns in his Plattekill home and sold them to others, including members of outlaw motorcycle groups and those with criminal convictions, sometimes delivering the illegal weapons using his marked police car.
Many of the weapons sold by Marinelli were “ghost” guns, manufactured without serial numbers, or in some instances, defaced weapons which had their serial numbers removed, police say. “Ghost” guns are difficult to trace and are therefore often sought after by those planning to use the guns illegally, according to New York State Police.
Members of the New York State Police, aided by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, executed a search warrant at Marinelli’s home in Plattekill and allegedly recovered gun parts, tools used to manufacture weapons and numerous firearms.
State Police also recovered 13 handguns and assault rifles from others which were manufactured and sold by Marinelli, officials say.
Marinelli was charged with criminal sale of a firearm, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, manufacture/disposition of a weapon, conspiracy and hindering prosecution.
The investigation into Marinelli arose out of a recent drug trafficking case, called “Operation Bread, White and Blues," which concentrated on two separate alleged local conspiracies. One involving cocaine trafficking by members and associates of self-professed “outlaw” motorcycle clubs and a second involving the sale of narcotic pills, officials say. Marinelli was not charged in that case.
Marinelli is currently being held in the Orange County Jail in lieu $200,000 cash bail or $600,000 bond.
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