NEW YORK — A seven-count, multi-count indictment was unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday for four men who allegedly conspired to illegally traffick more than 50 firearms.
The four men were identified as David McCann, 28, Tajai Jones, 28, Raymond Minaya, 26, and Calvin Tabron, 25. McCann and Minaya were identified as Brooklyn locals, while Tabarone and Jones were found to be from two different Virginia cities.
McCann and Minaya are also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of a cocaine base with intent to distribute; McCann is also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. McCann, Jones, Minaya and Tabron were arrested on Wednesday morning.
The allegations were made by United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Brion Peace, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Keith L. Sewell and Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Frank A. Tarantino, III. Administration (DEA), New York Division.
New York Police Commissioner Kent L. “This case, initiated in direct response to complaints from New Yorkers, underscores some troubling truths,” Sewell said. “First, that illegal weapons proliferate and spread to many neighborhoods that still need our help. And second, the women and men of the New York City Police Department do incredibly dangerous jobs every day to keep these firearms out of the hands of criminals. I congratulate and thank the NYPD undercover officer who worked so successfully on this long-term investigation, all of the detectives in our Violent Crime Squad, and our invaluable allies in the ATF, DEA and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. for. , Thank you for the important work they do in helping York get these guns and these gun dealers off our streets.”
As alleged in the indictment and court documents, the defendants engaged in multiple transactions involving the sale of at least 50 illegal firearms in Brooklyn between January 2022 and August 2022.
The defendants sold these firearms in broad daylight from vehicles in and around New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Brooklyn Houses, which are located across the street from a church and a few blocks from a preschool and elementary school in Canarsie, Brooklyn . The defendants often had weapons with which they smuggled in whatever they could find, which included gloves and shopping bags.
Two members of a gun-running operation obtained firearms in Virginia and then transported them to New York to be sold on the streets of Brooklyn. Some firearms had defaced serial numbers or were made from ghost gun kits, making them more difficult for law enforcement to trace. The two indicted also participated in major drug trafficking conspiracies, including a fentanyl distribution conspiracy that introduced thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into the community.
United States Attorney Peace said, “As alleged, the defendants are responsible for attempting to flood the streets of Brooklyn with more than 50 deadly weapons, including Ghost Guns, as well as narcotics and gun violence.” and fuel the cycle of drug abuse.” “As the first prosecutors in New York to use the new federal law, and one of the first in the nation, these arrests are a great opportunity to use every tool available to stop gun dealers from endangering our country.” Shows the commitment of the office.”
The defendants sold weapons and drugs to an undercover officer who recorded several transactions. The undercover officer told the defendants that he was a drug dealer who was in need of weapons and was going to resell some of the weapons he provided him. Despite this information, the conspirators continued to sell large quantities of drugs and weapons to the undercover officer without question.
When officers arrested Minaya in Brooklyn on Wednesday, he had two handguns illegally in his possession, one with an extended magazine. The defendant threw a weapon out a window in an attempt to hide it; Both the weapons were recovered.
The indictment is the first in New York, and the first in the country, to challenge the gun-trafficking provisions of the bipartisan Safe Communities Act, which Congress and the president signed into law in June 2022. The law is the first federal law designed specifically to target arms trafficking.
The charges in an indictment are allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.