NY Cop Arrested for Making, Selling Assault Rifles to Prohibited Persons

Weapons seized when officers executed a search warrant at Marinelli’s home. (Photo: NYSPNews.com)

New York State Police have arrested Gregg Marinelli of Plattekill, New York on numerous alleged firearms charges.  Marinelli, age 38, is a sergeant with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police.

It is alleged that Marinelli manufactured dozens of rifles, including at least one fully automatic assault rifle, and sold them to individuals who are legally prohibited from possessing such weapons including members of an outlaw motorcycle group.  In some instances, Marinelli delivered the weapons using his marked police car.

Many of the weapons sold by Marinelli were “ghost” guns.  These guns are manufactured without serial numbers or have had their serial numbers removed.

The investigation into Marinelli’s activities arose out of a recent drug investigation called “Operation Bread, White and Blues,” which was concentrated on cocaine trafficking and the sale of narcotic pills by members of a self-proclaimed outlaw motorcycle club.  During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Marinelli had alerted a suspect that he was a target.

Members of the New York State Police, aided by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, obtained a search warrant for Marinelli’s home.  When they conducted a search of the residence, they discovered gun parts, tools used to manufacture weapons, and numerous firearms.

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Sgt. Gregg Marinelli. (Photo: NYSPNews)

According to a press release issued by the New York State Police, “Marinelli is charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm 2nd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree (as an accessory); Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree (as an accessory in the possession of a weapon he defaced); Manufacture/Disposition of a Weapon (for manufacturing numerous assault rifles); Conspiracy 4th Degree (for conspiring to sell a loaded and defaced .40 caliber pistol); and Hindering Prosecution 2nd Degree (for alerting a suspect that he was the target of a police investigation).”

The Orange County District Attorney, David Hoovler, told the Times Herald-Record, “I am enraged that a police officer would sell exactly the types of weapons that are used to kill innocent people, including police officers.  The types of ‘ghost’ guns which were recovered in this case are valuable to criminals precisely because they are difficult to trace.  A police officer who alerts an armed drug dealer who has proudly proclaimed his status as ‘outlaw’ motorcycle club member, that he is the subject of police investigation, not only compromises the investigation, but puts his fellow police officers at risk.”

Marinelli is currently being held in the Orange County Jail.  Bail was set by the Town of Deerpark Court in the amount of $200,000 cash or $600,000 surety bond.  Marinelli’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 7, 2019.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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  • Mike Dennis-Langham July 3, 2020, 1:48 pm

    Appears to be a concoction of anti gun wishful thinking. Try to find a full automatic sear, good luck, lol.

  • Hondo March 10, 2019, 6:01 pm

    He violated his oath, should be a death penalty offense.

  • Mr. Sparkles March 10, 2019, 8:24 am

    “Department of Environmental Protection Police“

    I was not aware that the DEP had its own police. Guess it makes better headlines to classify him as a “Policeman” selling ghost guns rather then an agent selling same.

    • Waldo July 4, 2020, 10:27 pm

      DEP police patrol and protect NYC’s water supply, including a very large network of interconnected reservoirs to the north of the city.

  • AJ March 9, 2019, 4:30 pm

    Wait isn’t there a law prohibiting this??? Oh right, criminals don’t follow laws.

    Red flag story to fan the fires that gun grabbers create. That’s why this kind of thing happens in democommie states. They don’t investigate their own.

  • Michael J March 8, 2019, 12:04 pm

    Ghost guns don’t kill people.

  • Randall Slack March 8, 2019, 10:53 am

    I would be very skeptical of this story . I think they want to bring light to someone manufacturing then distributing them to known prohibited people?? Really?? and on top of that telling people he is being watched??
    You have to be some kind of stupid!!

    This seems like a suspicious story and a red flag just so anti gunners can say see we have a ghost gun problem we need to ban these….Creating a problem where this is no problem!!

    Lets follow this story very closely, off course I know I could be proven wrong to but I am just being skeptical!!

  • krinkov545 March 8, 2019, 8:06 am

    If this NY cop is going to prison, then why are Eric Hokder and bathouse Barry not rotting club fed?

    • WillB March 8, 2019, 11:02 am

      You should be able to answer your own question, but maybe not.

    • James Henderson June 24, 2019, 7:49 pm

      Hey brat-child, aka krinkov65, you still butt-hurt? Do you need a tissue? LMAO

  • blasted cap March 8, 2019, 7:39 am

    But a cop would never break the law or violate anyone’s rights.

  • Joshua March 8, 2019, 6:05 am

    I don’t think he should go to prison at all. He is a example of a law abiding individual that was legislated a criminal through gun laws changing in New York. Then decided if I am already a criminal I mind as well make some money at it and truly be that criminal

  • Michael M March 8, 2019, 3:21 am

    This goes Way past 2A. There is a reason criminals are barred from possessing firearms. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and be housed in genpop.He was a cop, he should know better.

  • Bobs your uncle March 7, 2019, 2:17 pm

    Wait a minute, aren’t there gun laws that would prevent that? Thats like Fast and Furious, should’t he get the same harsh penalties and treatment they got?

    • J. Atwood March 8, 2019, 4:16 am

      Wishful thinking. Too bad laws only define crime. They don’t prevent crimes. Funny how so many lawmakers “forget” this.

    • Roger Bryant March 8, 2019, 11:33 am

      Double tier Justice system!

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