Authorities in New York say a police officer has been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing illegal guns to sell to members of motorcycle gangs.
In addition to providing the guns, prosecutors say he is also accused of alerting a suspect of an ongoing drug investigation.
According to Time, Gregg Marinelli, 38, worked as an officer in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at the time of the alleged crimes.
He was at his home in Plattekill on Thursday when arresting officers arrived to take him into custody. He appeared in court the following day for an arraignment on criminal counts of sale of a firearm, hindering prosecution, and conspiracy.d
Reports indicate investigators became suspicious of Marinelli during Operation: Bread, White and Blues, an investigation into drug trafficking in the area.
“This has to be one of the most egregious breaches of trust that I have encountered,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “I am furious, number one about the leak in the case and number two, the conduct, the possibility of putting untraceable guns on the street.”
Hoovler alleged that the individual Marinelli allegedly tipped off regarding the investigation was “one of the major people” being investigated as part of the investigative operation.
The suspect also allegedly built dozens of rifles and handguns, many of which were virtually untraceable because of missing serial numbers, and sold them to criminals “legally barred from possessing such weapons.”
A Department of Environmental Protection source described the allegations against Marinelli as behaviors that “betray the oath that this officer took to protect the public.”
[Featured image: New York State Police]