Pennsylvania Man Accused of Selling Assault Rifles in Bergen County, NJ
PA Man Faces Weapons Offense Charges in Bergen County, New Jersey
A Pennsylvania man has been charged with the illegal sale of assault rifles in Bergen County, New Jersey. The suspect is Andrew Okie, a 24-year-old electronics technician and resident of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. According to law enforcement officials, Okie was unlawfully distributing firearms in Bergen County, NJ. The Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, the Hackensack Police Department, the Dumont Police Department, and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department all worked together on the investigation and ultimately got enough evidence to place Okie under arrest.
Local law enforcement received information that Okie had been buying weapons illegally in PA and then turning around and selling them in NJ. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office then had an undercover detective meet with Okie on multiple occasions. Since March, the undercover officer and Okie reportedly met several times and conducted illegal firearms sales that involved an AK-47 rifle, three AR-15 rifles, a number of high-capacity magazines, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a statement about the investigation and said that Okie sold assault rifles and other weapons to NJ residents.
Criminal Weapons Charges & Penalties in Bergen County, NJ
Okie has been charged with numerous criminal weapons offenses. Those charges include four counts of second degree possession of an assault rifle, four counts of third degree unlawful possession of a rifle, four counts of third degree illegal sale of a firearm, seven counts of fourth degree sale of a high-capacity firearm magazine, and seven counts of fourth degree possession of a large-capacity firearm magazine. All of these charges are classified as felonies, which means that a conviction on even a single count could lead to Okie being sentenced to years behind bars in NJ State Prison. Moreover, the Graves Act would apply in this case, meaning that Okie would be subject to a minimum mandatory term of incarceration if convicted.
Okie is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. Depending on the determination of the Bergen County Superior Court judge, it’s possible that Okie could be held in jail until the charges are resolved.
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