NICHOLAS MINA PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING FIREARMS FROM LOCKERS IN 9th PRECINCT STATION HOUSE

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the guilty plea of NICHOLAS MINA, 32, a New York City police officer, for stealing police-issued firearms from his colleagues’ lockers in the 9th Precinct Station House and selling them on the underground market. MINA pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree. The defendant is expected to be sentenced on November 7, 2012.

“As a New York City police officer, Nicholas Mina had the duty to protect citizens, but instead, he put their lives, and the lives of his fellow officers, at risk,” said District Attorney Vance. “Despite the continued serious problem of gun violence in our city, this defendant gave criminals easy access to dangerous weapons. I thank the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for its work on this case. I also thank the NYPD’s Firearms Investigation Unit and the prosecutors and investigators from my Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit for their continued effort in putting gun traffickers out of business and behind bars.”

According to his guilty plea, documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, MINA served as a member of the NYPD for more than three years. He stole and sold on the underground market police-issued firearms over the six months prior to his arrest in July, 2012. Each sale was monitored by undercover members of the NYPD’s Firearms Investigation Unit. The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau also played a key role in this case, working with the District Attorney’s Office to investigate missing firearms and other equipment from the 9th Precinct Station House.

So far this year, there have been 129 shooting incidents in Manhattan, with 154 victims. Nineteen of those victims died as a result of their injuries.

Co-defendant IVAN CHAVEZ, 25, pleaded guilty on September 24, 2012 to Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, plus 5 years of post-release supervision.

Co-defendant MARCOS ECHEVARRIA, 22, pleaded guilty on September 27, 2012 to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison, plus 5 years of post-release supervision.

The cases against co-defendants MERYL LEIBOWITZ and JENNIFER SULTAN are pending.

Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Prevost and Patrick Doherty handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Ryan, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Supervisory Rackets Investigator assigned to the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, Mark Stewart, assisted with the investigation.

Defendant information:

NICHOLAS MINA, DOB 9/18/1980
Queens, NY

Convicted:
• Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
• Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class D felony, 4 counts
• Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
• Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

IVAN CHAVEZ, DOB 7/17/1987
Queens, NY

Convicted:
• Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
• Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

Sentenced:
• 20 years prison
• 5 years post-release supervision

MARCOS ECHEVARRIA, DOB 6/1/1990
Brooklyn, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 2 counts
• Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
• Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

Sentenced:
• 8 years prison
• 5 years post-release supervision

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