Three Queens residents cuffed for running guns to New York City
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Three men allegedly involved in a Queens-based gun gang have been charged with 182 criminal sales and possession of firearms on the I-95 “iron pipeline” from states with lax gun laws, the district attorney said Queens yesterday with.
District Attorney Melinda Katz said the three men traded guns in New York City between September 2019 and July 2020 and sold the guns from southern states to undercover police officers on multiple occasions. The guns were mostly handguns, although one weapon was a submachine gun that could fire dozens of rounds at a time.
The alleged leader in this case is Jessica “Cess Milla” Heyliger, 36, who allegedly ran the illegal business with Mitchell “Mitch” Myree, 37, both from Jamaica, Queens. The two were tried in the Queens Supreme Court on November 12. Sharod “Yahyo” King, 33, of Woodside, Queens, was charged Thursday. All three defendants are charged in various ways with criminally selling a first-degree firearm, criminally possessing a second-degree weapon, and other crimes. King was apparently the main seller on the streets of Queens. The three have been referred back to Rikers Island and are due to be brought back to court on January 28, 2021.
“Getting guns off our streets is one of my top priorities,” said District Attorney Katz. “To achieve this, those responsible must be investigated and prosecuted for allegedly bringing lethal weapons into our region. One of the firearms recovered by the police was once banned and is the type of weapon designed to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. These types of firearms do not belong in our communities. Any weapon confiscated during this investigation is a potential life saved. We will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners to bring gunmen out of business. I want to acknowledge the great work of the NYPD Firearms Suppression Department and my team for their tireless efforts. “
The investigation into the crew began in September 2019 when King allegedly sold an undercover police officer a pistol and two large capacity ammunition feeding devices. In December 2019, the Court approved electronic monitoring of King’s cell phone.
The three allegedly were involved in the sale of 23 weapons in 13 separate transactions. As part of the conspiracy, DA Katz said, King communicated directly with a buyer – who was really an undercover cop – and supplied that “buyer” with firearms, large-capacity magazines, and ammunition. Most of the illegal sales took place in and near the Astoria neighborhood. Heyliger is accused of providing King with all weapons and ammunition.
Sales to the undercover officers included hundreds of rounds of ammunition and more than 10 high-capacity magazines. The police recovered the following weapons through purchases: two .40 caliber bull pistols; a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol; a .380 caliber Remington Arms pistol; on; 9mm Sig Sauer pistol; a pair of 9mm bull guns; a 9mm Keltec pistol; a pair of Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistols, a pair of 9 mm KAHR pistols; a pair of Taurus .357 caliber revolvers; an illegible 9 mm Intratec Tec-9 firearm; a .22 caliber Phoenix Arms pistol; a .38 caliber Taurus revolver, a .32 caliber made by N. Amer. Gun pistol, a .40 caliber Bersa pistol; a 9mm Ruger pistol; a .380 caliber Ruger pistol; two pairs of 9mm SCCY pistols.
The investigation was carried out by the Firearms Suppression Department and the Gun Violence Suppression Department together with the chief detective’s office.
Heyliger, 36, is charged in an indictment with 182 counts of the criminal sale of a first and third degree firearm, the criminal possession of a second and third degree gun, the illegal possession of pistol ammunition and the fourth degree conspiracy. If convicted, Heyliger faces a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
Mitchell Myree, 37, is charged on 182 charges of criminal possession of a second and third degree gun, criminal sale of a third degree firearm, illegal possession of pistol ammunition and fourth degree conspiracy. If convicted, Myree faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Sharod King, 33, is charged with 182 counts in one indictment of criminal sale of first and third degree firearms, criminal possession of second and third degree guns, illegal possession of pistol ammunition and fourth degree conspiracy. When the convicted king faces up to 25 years in prison.
Many of the guns trafficked into New York City were responsible for the 140 percent increase in shootings that year, as well as the 40 percent increase in murders, officials say.