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Brooklyn Man Charged With Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Defendant Traveled to Georgia to Purchase Guns and Transported Them to Brooklyn for a Co-Conspirator to Sell

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, a four-count indictment was unsealed charging Tony Terry with conspiring to illegally traffic firearms from Georgia to Brooklyn, New York.  Terry was arrested this morning and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Bryan Miller, Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Edward A. Caban, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the arrest and charges.

“As alleged, the defendant brought deadly weapons from Georgia to the streets of East New York, Brooklyn, a community that has suffered terribly from gun violence,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “My Office and our law enforcement partners are working tirelessly to investigate, prosecute and disrupt the flow of illegal guns along the Iron Pipeline, and keep them out of the hands of criminals who have no respect for the law or human life.”

Mr. Peace thanked the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia for their assistance in the case.

“This indictment underscores the unwavering commitment of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to disrupt the flow of illegal guns into our streets,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Miller.  “Those who purchase and traffic guns to sell to those who cannot legally obtain them are a threat to our community. Disrupting firearms trafficking schemes like this is a top priority for us. The ATF NY/ NYPD’s Joint Firearms Task Force Joint is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our communities. We extend our gratitude to our colleagues in ATF Atlanta’s Savannah Field Office & Eastern District of New York for their assistance.  For those engaging in gunrunning conspiracies in NY, justice will be served in court.”

“This indictment underscores the NYPD’s commitment to eradicating the illicit firearms supply chain that continues to threaten our communities,” stated NYPD Commissioner Caban.  “I commend the diligent efforts of our NYPD investigators, especially our brave undercover officer in this case, along with our colleagues at the ATF and the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District for their critical role in removing these guns—and those who peddle them—from New York City’s streets.”

As set forth in the indictment and other filings, on November 22, 2022 and November 28, 2022, Terry traveled to Savannah, Georgia where members of his family served as straw purchasers for multiple firearms from licensed firearm dealers.  Terry then returned to Brooklyn where a co-conspirator sold two of the firearms.  On December 6, 2022, Terry sold a Taurus 9mm G2e handgun to an undercover NYPD officer in East New York, Brooklyn. 

The straw purchasers, Jose Marrero and Jacqueline Christmas, were indicted and prosecuted by the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of Georgia for an additional 15 firearms they purchased on behalf of the defendant.  Marrero pleaded guilty and was sentenced in May 2024 to 18 months in prison.  Christmas pleaded guilty in March 2024 and is awaiting sentencing. 

The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Assistant United States Attorney Raffaela S. Belizaire is in charge of the prosecution. 

The Defendant:

TONY TERRY
Age:  35
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 24-CR-244 (CBA)

Contact

John Marzulli
Danielle Blustein Hass                            
United States Attorney’s Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated June 12, 2024

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Firearms Offenses