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Three Queens Residents Indicted for Trafficking Firearms Into NYC

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Nov. 3, 2020 By Christian Murray

Three Queens residents have been indicted for trafficking illegal firearms across state lines.

The alleged gun-runners purchased firearms in the Virginia, where the laws are less strict, and then hauled them to New York City to sell.

The crew, led by Jessica “Cess Milla” Heyliger of Jamaica, purchased pistols, revolvers and other weapons between September 2019 and July 2020, according to the charges. She worked in concert with two other crew members–Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Myree of Jamaica and Sharod ‘Yahyo’ King of Woodside– to peddle the weapons.

The trio were arraigned following a grand jury handing up a 182-count indictment. They have been variously charged with the criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree, criminal possession on a weapon in the second degree and other crimes

“Getting guns off our streets is one of my top priorities,” said District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “Accomplishing that means investigating and prosecuting those responsible for allegedly bringing deadly guns into our region.”

According to the charges, Heyliger was the crew leader and the principal dealer of the weapons. Meanwhile, Myree is accused of being the backup supplier and King allegedly was Heyliger’s salesman.

The investigation into the crew began in September 2019 when King allegedly sold a handgun and two large capacity ammunition feeding devices to an undercover cop.

In December 2019, police got a court order to tap King’s mobile phone.

The crew then allegedly began supplying an undercover police office, and sold the officer 23 guns in 13 separate transactions.

As part of the conspiracy, King allegedly communicated directly with the undercover police officer – and delivered firearms, large capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Most of the illegal sales occurred in Astoria.

Heyliger is accused of providing all the weapons and ammo to King.

“These kinds of firearms do not belong in our communities. Each weapon seized during this investigation is a potential life saved,” Katz said. “We will continue to work with all our law enforcement partners to put gun runners out of business.”

The defendants were ordered to return to court on Jan. 28, 2021.

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Anonymous

So I have to get a permit and still am restricted to magazine capacity of 5 rounds as well as featureless semi-automatic rifles while criminals can get what they want in the city. It’s almost as if I as a law abiding gun owner am the criminal. I pay the fees, go through multiple background checks, have limited to no freedom to transport or carry these firearms and I am still viewed as the bad guy. Yet these criminals can get whatever they want whenever they want and apparently when caught are not even incarcerated its time to change n.y and n.y.c gun laws.

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Bill

They should have been immediately jailed. Why are they still walking around? Gun violence is up and this trio is one of the reasons.

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Jon

And sadly, states with weak gun laws supply most of the guns used in crimes. Btw, this story is from July 2020. In the original story it is noted that the guns were purchased online and shipped to an address in Virginia. Since gun sales are not tracked electronically, it is difficult to find patterns of gun purchases unless guns used in crimes show up on the street and then get traced back to a gun dealer.

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