District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Thursday announced the indictment of an alleged gun trafficking ring. Photos courtesy of Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, on Thursday announced the indictment of an alleged gun trafficking ring that purchased firearms in South Carolina and Virginia that were then transported on the Iron Pipeline and destined to be sold on the streets of Brooklyn.
The District Attorney identified the defendants as Montoun Hart, 49, of Brownsville, Brooklyn; Vernal Douglas, 49, of Flatlands, Brooklyn; Christopher Hodges, 31, of Walterboro, South Carolina; and Ira Jones, 42, of South Boston, Virginia.
“This indictment is part of our multi-pronged approach to stem the surge in gun violence that we have seen in Brooklyn and throughout the entire city this year,” Gonzalez said. “We are determined to work with the Police Department to focus specifically on the drivers of crime, including those responsible for the proliferation of firearms by bringing them to streets of Brooklyn.”
The defendants have been variously charged in a 139-count indictment with first-, second- and third-degree criminal sale of a firearm; second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and fourth-degree conspiracy and related charges.
Hart and Douglas were arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Hart has