A former NYPD officer admitted in court today that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin over a six-month period earlier this year.
The plea deal accepted by former officer Nicholas Mina, 32, includes a 15-year-prison sentence when he’s sentenced on November 7.
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.
Mina says he sold the guns to fuel his addiction to prescription pain killers.
Each of the sales were monitored by undercover members of the NYPD’s Firearms
Investigation Unit. Mina was arrested in July.
“It shocks the conscience that the Firearms Investigation Unit
under covers had to put their lives in danger in order to spot another
officer from putting guns out on the street,” assistant
district attorney Chris Prevost said at Mina’s arraignment earlier this year.
the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office notes, there have been 129
shooting incidents in Manhattan so far this year, with 154 victims.
Nineteen of those victims died as a result of their injuries.
“As a New York City police officer, Nicholas Mina had the duty to
protect citizens, but instead, he put their lives, and the lives of his
fellow officers, at risk,” District Attorney Cy Vance says. “Despite the
continued serious problem of gun violence in our city, this defendant
gave criminals easy access to dangerous weapons.”
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.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 22, 2012