FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

NYPD Cops Charged with Smuggling Illegal Guns

October 25, 2011  | 

(from l. to r.) U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Southern District of New York; Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez, FBI New York; Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, NYPD; Internal Affairs Bureau Chief Charles Campisi, NYPD. Photo: FBI
(from l. to r.) U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Southern District of New York; Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez, FBI New York; Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, NYPD; Internal Affairs Bureau Chief Charles Campisi, NYPD. Photo: FBI

Five active NYPD officers have been named in a federal indictment charging them with illegally smuggling guns and what they thought were stolen slot machines, cigarettes and counterfeit goods.

Additionally, a New Jersey corrections officer and three civilians were charged. The charges were the result of a long-term FBI undercover investigation.

Officer William Masso allegedly recruited fellow 68th Precinct cops Eddie Goris, and John Mahoney, Brooklyn South Task Force officer Ali Oklu and 71st Precinct cop Gary Ortiz in the criminal schemes.

Officer Masso initially met with a criminal informant on the FBI payroll in late 2009. The informant, who was an undocumented immigrant, was looking for an officer to "fix" traffic tickets.

In the spring of 2010, the informant asked for help obtaining the contraband. Masso allegedly told the informant he could get a "retired cop, active cop, ex-cop, bad guy … You want a guy who beat the s**t out of somebody who bothers him, we got that. We got cops with vests and guns."

Officer Masso allegedly delivered three M-16 rifles, a shotgun and 16 handguns, most of which had their serial numbers removed or altered. The officer took the weapons in a duffle bag from New Jersey to a warehouse on Long Island to give to an undercover FBI agent.

Tags: NYPD, FBI, Criminal Informants


Comments (5)

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Glen @ 10/25/2011 7:31 PM

Gee, officers, thanks a lot for giving all of us a black eye. The public is already skeptical toward us, now you gave them something to point at.

SGT. britt @ 10/26/2011 6:51 AM

I agree.

analida @ 10/26/2011 8:06 AM

Shame on u! Officers like u tarnish the hardwork and dedication of all the other cops in the force!

ConcernedCitizen @ 10/26/2011 3:22 PM

"Illegal guns" is an oxymoron. See the Constitution for all the details on that. It's a short read. Why is it that when cops actually do something wrong it gets covered up and when they do something like go around government BS paperwork for guns they get in trouble? Spitting on the sidewalk is more of a crime than "smuggling" guns.

retired nypd p.o. m.jone @ 2/8/2012 9:32 AM

It sadness to know how that someone who takes the same pledge as you do .would turn and endanger lives of brothers n sisters officers on all level of any law enforcement agency.is truly shameful .joe q civilian have another reason not to true us. perps are laughing .

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Kentucky Chief Deputy Dead in Apparent Suicide
The second-in-command at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Sheriff's Office was found dead Monday...
DOJ Reveals Plans to Review Baltimore PD
A U.S. Department of Justice official pledged Monday to conduct a thorough, independent...
Law Signed to Curb Cop Killer's 'Obscene Celebrity'
Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the...
Video: Shooting of El Paso Police Officer Connected to 2 Bodies Found
Two bodies found at separate locations Tuesday are linked to the shooting of an El Paso...
Crash Kills Missouri Police Officer/Fire Chief on Way to Fire
An Alton, Mo., police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday....

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine