DA Vance: Interstate Gun Traffickers Sentenced to More Than 60 Years in Prison


December 10, 2018
Defendants Trafficked 80 Guns from “Iron Pipeline” States Into Manhattan
 
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the sentencing of TRENTON POINTER, 47, to 13 years in prison and DAEMON JENKINS, 52, to 12 years in prison for supplying firearms from “Iron Pipeline” states for illegal sales in New York City. On November 1, 2018, a New York Supreme Court jury found JENKINS and POINTER guilty of all the charges in the indictment against them: Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second and Third Degrees and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.

Earlier this year, District Attorney Vance announced the sentencing of co-defendant ABDUL DAVIS, 54, for selling 80 firearms and ammunition to an undercover NYPD officer and co-defendants MALIK RAINEY, 46, and MILTON TILLERY, 39, for supplying firearms for illegal sales in Manhattan. DAVIS was convicted at trial on February 1, and was later sentenced to 35 years in prison. RAINEY and TILLERY pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court and were sentenced to five years in prison and 1 ½-to-3 years in prison, respectively.

“These defendants accumulated weapons of war in ‘Iron Pipeline’ states and dumped them on to the streets of Manhattan for profit, putting the safety of countless New Yorkers up for sale,” said District Attorney Vance. “But thanks to the prosecutors in my office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit and the brave detectives of the NYPD’s Firearms Investigation Unit, these men will spend a combined 66 ½ years behind bars for their dangerous conspiracy. This sentence should serve as a warning to anyone looking to import illegal guns into New York: my office will prosecute gun crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”

As proven at trial, between March 16, 2015, and April 19, 2016, DAVIS sold 80 firearms—including 67 pistols, eight revolvers, and five assault weapons—as well as corresponding ammunition to an undercover NYPD detective posing as a Manhattan-based firearms dealer. The sales occurred over 26 separate transactions, all of which took place in the vicinity of West 166th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights. The sales were conducted in or around the undercover detective’s vehicle, at an average price of approximately $1,150 per firearm. In one instance, DAVIS sold the undercover a Bushmaster Firearms semi-automatic assault rifle with a hundred-round drum magazine loaded with 96 rounds of matching ammunition.

DAVIS purchased the firearms from Virginia-based co-defendants POINTER, JENKINS, and TILLERY and Georgia-based RAINEY. Typically, DAVIS negotiated sales over the phone or through text messages, wired money to the firearms dealers’ accounts, and traveled to their homes to pick up the weapons. On some occasions, the firearm dealers agreed to receive payment after DAVIS successfully returned to Manhattan and sold the weapons to the undercover detective.

The investigation in this case was conducted jointly by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit (VCEU) and the NYPD’s Firearms Investigation Unit. VCEU was created in 2010 by District Attorney Vance to lead the efforts of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in combatting gun and gang violence, with a special focus on illegal firearms trafficking within New York City.

Assistant D.A.s David Nasar, Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 30, and Mireille Dee, also of Trial Bureau 30, handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Christopher Prevost, Chief of VCEU; Christopher Ryan, Former Chief of VCEU; and David O’Keefe, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division; as well as Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analysts Stephanie Littell, Emily Hogan, and William Andrewes and Former Trial Preparation Assistant Katie Frake also assisted with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, including, Commissioner O’Neill and former Commissioner Bratton, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea and former Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, Assistant Chief James Essig, Deputy Inspector Brian Gill, Captain Jonathan Korabel, Lieutenant Thomas McPartland, Sergeants Matthew Griffin and Robert Abramson, Detectives Christopher Shaughnessy and Douglas Lansing, and the courageous undercover detectives of the Firearms Investigation Unit.

District Attorney Vance also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service’s Richmond, VA, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, as well as the Union County (NJ)’s Sheriff’s Office’s Warrant Squad, particularly Captain Dennis Burke, for their assistance with the investigation.

ABDUL DAVIS, D.O.B. 3/23/1964
Linden, NJ        
 
Convicted: 

  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count 
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 28 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 80 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, six counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 35 years in prison 

TRENTON POINTER, D.O.B. 1/16/1971
Chesterfield, VA
 
Convicted:

  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D felony, eight counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 13 years in prison

DAEMON JENKINS, D.O.B. 7/20/1966
Richmond, VA
 
Convicted:

  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D felony, four counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 12 years in prison

MALIK RAINEY, D.O.B. 4/14/1972
Fayetteville, GA
 
Convicted:

  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 5 years in prison

MILTON TILLERY, D.O.B. 12/9/1978
Richmond, VA
 
Convicted:

  • Attempted Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 1 ½-to-3 years in prison