What to Know

  • Four men, including an MTA subway conductor, were indicted for allegedly trafficking guns from South Carolina and Virginia and then transported on the Iron Pipeline, destined to be sold in Brooklyn, the borough’s district attorney announced Thursday.
  • The accused were indicted as a result of an investigation that spanned from October 2019 to October 2020, which began because of information obtained about an individual who was allegedly known as a gun merchant in Brownsville.
  • Over the course of the investigation, Hart allegedly conducted a total of 27 controlled gun buys with the undercover officers, selling a total of 44 firearms.

Four men, including an MTA subway conductor, were indicted for allegedly trafficking guns from South Carolina and Virginia and then transported on the Iron Pipeline, destined to be sold in Brooklyn, the borough’s district attorney announced Thursday.

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 were all indicted on various charges 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; fourth-degree conspiracy and related charges. Hart and Douglas were arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Hart has been remanded and bail was set at $750,000 for Douglas. Jones is awaiting extradition from Virginia. Hodges is being sought.

Attorney information for the accused was not immediately known.

The accused were indicted as a
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