Ex-NYPD Gets 4 Years in Gun-Smuggling Plot

19 Apr

Via DNA Info: While an active officer in the NYPD’s Brooklyn South Task Force, Ali Oklu hatched a scheme to illegally transport three M-16 rifles, one shotgun and 16 handguns across state lines between September 2010 and October 2011, according to court filings and statements made in court. He also helped transport slot machines from Atlantic City and thousands of cartons of cigarettes from Virginia, all of which he believed to be stolen, according to the filings.

Oklu, 36, of Sunnyside, Queens, was paid $35,000 for his role in smuggling the goods, which carried a street value of about $1 million, according to court documents.

Oklu and his co-conspirators, including other police officers, used their law enforcement credentials to help expedite the crimes, authorities said. In a March 2011 meeting with the scheme’s alleged ringleader, officer William Masso, the two conspired to carry their badges and tell anyone that questioned them that they were officers carrying items to be sold at police auction, according to the filings.

Ex-NYPD Cop Sentenced to 4 Years Behind Bars in Gun-Smuggling Plot – DNAinfo

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