Bay Ridge Cop Admits Running Guns

BAY RIDGE (AP) — A Brooklyn cop has pleaded guilty in a smuggling case that involved guns, cigarettes and slot machines.

Officer William Masso, who worked at the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge, pleaded guilty Monday to four conspiracy counts.

Masso was among five New York Police Department officers charged in October with smuggling firearms and slot machines they thought were stolen.

Authorities say they were part of a 12-person theft ring.

Three retired NYPD officers and a New Jersey correction officer were among the other defendants named in a federal criminal complaint.

Authorities say an undercover agent paid them more than $100,000 to moonlight as gun runners while under FBI surveillance.

The arrests stemmed from an FBI-NYPD internal affairs investigation that began in 2009.

Authorities say Masso recruited younger officers from his Brooklyn precinct to join the smuggling ring.

February 6, 2012 - 6:27pm



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