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Former 68th Precinct cops convicted of gun smuggling

Feds: Bay Ridge cops transported M-16s across state lines

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Three Bay Ridge cops who sidelined as gun runners will be spending the next two years in a prison cell, federal prosecutors announced last week.

A Brooklyn federal court judge sent former cops Richard Melnik and John Mahoney to 21 months and a day in prison as he handed down his sentencing on Oct. 9. A day later, co-conspirator and fellow brother-in-blue Eddie Goris was sentenced to three years behind bars.

Federal investigators nabbed eight active and retired cops from the 68th and 71st precincts and the Brooklyn South Task Force last year for smuggling more than $1-million worth of firearms — including M-16 rifles, 16 handguns, and a shotgun — as well as untaxed cigarettes and slot machines into New York. Seven of the officers arrested pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors said the sentences will help the city move away from the crime.

“These three sentencings are sad occasions in the history of the finest police department in the country,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara said in a statement.

The three convicted cops will follow 68th Precinct veterans Joseph Trischitta and Marco Venezia to prison, who were sentenced to 40 and 24 months in prison respectively over the summer.

According to court documents, Goris — an active-duty cop — shuttled weapons from New Jersey to New York between October, 2010 and October, 2011 and stole 270 cases of cigarettes during a heist in Virginia — cigarettes he later brought to New York. The court estimated that Goris was paid $30,000 for his services

Melnik, who is retired, joined Goris’s crew in Dec. 2010, bulking his pension by $10,500, federal officials claim. Melnik said he helped Goris transport the stolen cigarettes, counterfeit merchandise, and several stolen slot machines from Atlantic City to New York.

Court papers show that Mahoney was still on the job when he started helping transport the smokes and the one-armed bandits, and got a nice bonus of $4,500 for his work.

All three men will be put on supervised release when they finish their prison sentences, and will be required to pay back the money they were paid, federal officials said.

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Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
TWO YEARS??!! What a joke.
Oct. 15, 2012, 11:22 am
Joey Bots from Bay Ridge Rots says:
Wow - Two years!?!!!? These men betrayed their oath, their badge and the citizens they were hired to protect. They are a true disgrace to the police force, their families and this city!
Oct. 15, 2012, 12:08 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
This is pathetic.
Oct. 15, 2012, 1:54 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
I agree with each of the above; however, two years in prison for a disgraced cop has got to be equal to five years for a male prostitute.
Oct. 15, 2012, 2:24 pm
Ridgite from Bay Ridge says:
All of this occurred right under the watch of former precinct commander Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez who has since been promoted. These criminal acts involved 8 rogue cops not just one cop. Did Rodriguez have his head buried in a hole while all this was happening? Lax leadership and frequent slacking off seem to be common occurrences at the 68th.
Oct. 16, 2012, 2:26 pm
Judy from Red Hook says:
Unbelievable !!!' All that crime and they only get 24 months.
If it was a civilian they would have hung them.
Oct. 17, 2012, 8:28 pm
susan from Bay Ridge says:
Anything underhanded that comes out of the 68th precinct would not surprise me. I've lived in bay ridge for all my life and watched as the cops from the 68th permitted car franchises to constantly break the law. Park and drive on sidewalks in bus stops, fire plugs,crosswalks, double and triple park, drive down the one way street the wrong way.The patrol cars will actually stop to ticket cars and pass over any car associated with the dealership. I called 311 to complain about the street being blocked by the cars from the dealership and the next day received a parking ticket when I had to park behind all of the double parked dealership cars to unload my car. Needless to say not one of their cars received a ticket for double parking, parking on the sidewalk, bus stop, fireplug or crosswalk. This is only a small example of what goes on with this precinct. I think it's time to get the media involved to find out what is going on with the 68th precinct.
Dec. 7, 2012, 10:41 pm

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