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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Brooklyn Resident Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Firearms Trafficking And Illegally Possessing Weapons

Undercover Law Enforcement Investigation

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Troy Barrow, a resident of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release, following his July 11, 2016 guilty plea to two counts of an indictment charging him with firearms trafficking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a), and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g).

The sentencing was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division, and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

According to public court filings, Barrow was arrested after an undercover investigation by the ATF’s Joint Firearms Task Force between September 2014 and December 2015. During the investigation, Barrow sold fourteen firearms and ammunition to undercover law enforcement officers in twelve different sales. The firearms included a mix of semiautomatic pistols and revolvers. The defendant also offered to procure additional weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a machine pistol with a high capacity magazine. During one conversation recorded by law enforcement using a hidden video camera, the defendant expressed an interest in getting a revolver for himself because it was less likely to leave behind shell casings that could be used to investigate a shooting. And during another recorded conversation, the defendant explained that, if arrested, he would not cooperate with the government against others and would instead “do a bid”—go to jail. The defendant then added: “I know what I’m getting myself in.”

“Criminals like the defendant who brazenly and illegally sell guns on our streets pose a great threat to the safety of our local communities,” stated U.S. Attorney Capers. “We will never cease in our efforts to disrupt such dangerous dealings through determined investigation and prosecution.”

Special Agent in Charge Benedict said, “Troy Barrow, acting with a wanton and callous disregard for how they might be used, trafficked firearms acquired outside New York into our communities in New York City. Through the efforts of the Joint Firearms Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office, Barrow has earned a lengthy sentence in federal prison as a just reward for his actions.”

The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Jack B. Weinstein.

Assistant United States Attorney David K. Kessler is in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

Age: 48


E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 16-CR-94 (JBW)

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 17, 2017