Patchogue man arrested for illegal sale of AR-15
Last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department announced the arrest of a Patchogue man for the illegal sale of an illegal AR-15 assault rifle and four high-capacity magazines to an individual he believed to be prohibited from owning a gun. A subsequent search warrant executed at the defendant’s residence resulted in the seizure of several other illegal assault weapons, illegal knives and more than 50 illegal high-capacity magazines.
“This case is an extraordinary example of superb collaboration between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office,” Sini said. “Because of that collaboration, we put an end to a recipe for a massacre.”
Larry Guerrieri, 65, of Patchogue, was arrested on Feb. 21 following the execution of a search warrant by Suffolk County police officers in the district attorney’s squad and the emergency services section based on a tip provided by an investigator in the SCPD’s pistol licensing bureau.
The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 48 firearms, illegal knives and cache of high-capacity magazines, including a 50-round drum:
• 4 assault rifles, at least 3 of which are illegal in New York State
• 19 various rifles and shotguns
• 25 handguns
• 10 illegal assorted knives
• 8 military-style ammunition containers filled with ammunition
• More than 50 illegal large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, including a 50-round magazine drum
In January 2018, an undercover Suffolk County police detective assigned to the district attorney’s squad purchased a Wilson Combat .223 Remington semiautomatic rifle and four high-capacity magazines from the defendant out of his residence in Patchogue for $2,000.
“Not only is it illegal for the defendant to sell that weapon because he is not licensed to do so, the firearm itself — a high-powered, military-grade assault rifle — is illegal under New York State law. It included a pistol grip, a muzzle brake, and the ability to accept a detachable magazine,” Sini said. “Moreover, the undercover detective made clear to the defendant during the transaction that he or she was prohibited under the law from owning a weapon. This was a triple whammy: It was an illegal sale of an illegal weapon to a prohibited person.”
During the transaction, the defendant offered to sell the detective a second illegal assault weapon, which had the ability to accept a detachable magazine, a flash suppressor and a telescopic stock.
“Based on the evidence we’ve collected thus far, these guns, if not seized as a result of this investigation, could have flooded the streets of Suffolk County,” Sini said. “These are killing machines, and they were in the hands of an individual who was selling these weapons illegally.”
Guerrieri was arraigned in Suffolk County District Court on Feb. 22 by Judge Gaetan B. Lozito. Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.
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