A former NYPD officer who pleaded guilty last month to charges that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin was in court today, where he was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison.
Additionally, former Officer Nicholas Mina — who claims he sold the stolen guns to fuel his addiction to prescription pills — was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.
In his plea, Mina — a three-year NYPD veteran — admitted to stealing five guns in total, four NYPD-issued Glocks, one of which was his own, and a Smith and Wesson handgun. He copped to selling the guns to reputed drug kingpin Ivan Chavez, the leader of a Woodhaven drug distribution ring.
Each of the sales were monitored by undercover members of the NYPD’s Firearms Investigation Unit. Mina was arrested in July.
shocks the conscience that the Firearms Investigation Unit under covers
had to put their lives in danger in order to stop another officer from
putting guns out on the street,” Assistant District Attorney Chris
Prevost said at Mina’s arraignment earlier this year.
District Attorney Cy Vance was a bit more sympathetic.
“This case is a striking example of the destruction that surrounds
prescription drug abuse,” Vance says. “The defendant took an oath to
protect New Yorkers from criminals. Instead, he worked alongside a gun
trafficker in order to feed his drug addiction, and will now spend the
next 15-and-a-half years of his life in prison.”
In all, Mina was
convicted of one count of criminal sale of a firearm in the second
degree, one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the
fourth degree, four counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, two
counts of criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree, and one count
of conspiracy in the fourth degree.
Chavez already has been
convicted of criminal sale of a firearm, criminal sale of a controlled
substance, and conspiracy. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.