Long Island Man Posed as Federal Agent to Buy Gun: State Police

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    State police say they arrested a Long Island man who allegedly posed as a DEA agent to buy a handgun and had fake badges and a small arsenal in his home.

    The suspect, 41-year-old Richard DeRosa, was arrested Thursday after allegedly telling a gun seller in November that he was a special agent and that he wanted to buy a gun.

    After arranging a meet-up to buy a revolver from the seller, DeRosa allegedly used a fake gun permit to purchase the weapon, police say.

    Investigators found out that the suspect wasn’t a DEA agent and that he didn’t have a gun permit. A search warrant was executed at DeRosa’s home in Bellmore, where officers allegedly found three revolvers, five pistols, an assault rifle, a shotgun, handcuffs, ammo clips, DEA hats and several fake police badges.

    DeRosa is charged with criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree criminal impersonation. He’s being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    It’s not clear if DeRosa has an attorney.

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