NYPD Cop Admits to Stealing Guns from Precinct

Nicholas Mina was arrested late Thursday and charged with conspiracy, grand larceny and sale of a firearm

Monday, Oct 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:08 PM EDT
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(Pool Photo by Jefferson Siegel) - 9th Precinct Police Officer Nicholas Mina in Manhattan Supreme Court. He was arrested for selling the guns of other police officers. (Jefferson Siegel/for NY Daily News)

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NYPD Officer Accused of Stealing Guns from Precinct to Support Trafficking Ring

An NYPD officer has been arrested in connection with a months-long firearms trafficking investigation after he allegedly stole guns from his precinct to be sold on the street and arranged drug buys while on duty, authorities said.Nicholas Mina was arrested late Thursday and charged with conspiracy, grand larceny and sale of a firearm, among other crimes. Information on an attorney wasn't immediately available. He and four co-conspirators who were also arrested were scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
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A New York City police officer has admitted to stealing guns from police lockers and selling them to drug dealers to pay for his addiction to painkillers.

Nicholas Mina pleaded guilty on Monday to selling four stolen NYPD-issued guns and an additional pistol that belonged to him to a drug ring. The plea deal includes a 15-year prison term when he is sentenced on Nov. 7.

The 31-year-old Mina, his suspected dealer, and three accomplices were arrested in July on charges including conspiracy and selling drugs and guns.

Prosecutors say Mina developed the oxycodone habit and owed his dealer so much money he turned to stealing guns and re-selling drugs he bought. He has been an officer nearly five years and worked in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood.

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