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Man Charged For Carrying Loaded Ghost Gun, Cocaine, And Scale On Bronx Subway Platform

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Edward A. Caban, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today the filing of a Complaint in Manhattan federal court charging JERMAINE GREENE with firearms and narcotics offenses in connection with a March 28, 2024, incident at the New York City subway station located on Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx (the “Fordham Road Station”).  GREENE was arrested today and presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, Jermaine Greene brought a loaded gun, a drug stash, and tools of the drug trade into the New York City subway system.  I am grateful to the NYPD for its efforts to bring to justice those who endanger their follow passengers and abuse public transportation.”

NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban said: “Policing methods that focus on relatively minor offenses — in this case, fare evasion — often lead police officers to larger alleged crimes that are putting unsuspecting New Yorkers in danger.  The NYPD refuses to turn a blind eye to criminal recidivists who allegedly continue to act with impunity and vows to keep addressing crime and disorder in every form.  I commend the police officers who made this arrest and thank everyone at the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for their continued partnership in our public safety mission.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint:[1]

On or about March 28, 2024, at approximately 5:37 p.m., NYPD officers observed GREENE entering the Fordham Road Station without paying a fare and walking upstairs to the southbound subway platform.  The officers arrested GREENE after determining that he was the subject of open arrest warrants.

NYPD officers searched GREENE incident to arrest and recovered a privately assembled 9 mm “ghost” gun loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition.  A photograph of the firearm and ammunition is below:

A photograph of the firearm and ammunition

After transporting GREENE to NYPD Transit District 11 for processing, NYPD officers conducted an inventory search of GREENE.  From inside a bookbag worn by GREENE underneath his jacket, the officers recovered a plastic bag containing approximately 50 grams of cocaine, a scale, and several empty plastic bags.  The officers also found a small plastic bag of cocaine in GREENE’s pants pocket.  A photograph of the scale and bags of cocaine is below:

A photograph of the scale and bags of cocaine

GREENE was not permitted to possess ammunition because of prior felony convictions, including a Delaware conviction for second degree murder, for which GREENE was under court supervision at the time of these offenses.

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GREENE, 42, of the Bronx, New York, is charged with one count of possessing ammunition after a felony conviction, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison; one count of distribution of narcotics, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The statutory minimum and maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the NYPD in connection with this investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Ross is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.


Nicholas Biase, Lauren Scarff, Shelby Wratchford
(212) 637-2600

Updated June 5, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-198