Sep 17, 2020
Ex-San Diego Sheriff’s Captain Pleads Guilty to Gun Sales
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former San Diego County sheriff’s captain has pleaded guilty to selling “off roster” guns available only to law enforcement, according to a newspaper report.
As part of a plea agreement, Marco Garmo admitted to one count of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a federal license, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.He faces a maximum of five years in prison when sentenced.
The criminal conviction focused on the gun-trafficking charge. But the plea agreement also details other abuses of power, including lying to investigators and tipping off a family-connected illegal marijuana dispensary of an impending raid, the Times said.
“This case involved stunning and sustained violations of the public trust by a high-ranking law enforcement officer who bent his public position to his private gain,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Frakes said in a statement.
According to the indictment, Garmo oversaw a scheme that took advantage of a provision in state gun laws that allows law enforcement to occasionally resell certain firearms not available to the general public.
The scheme involved Garmo making straw purchases of handguns, rifles and high-capacity magazines that civilians were not allowed to purchase, then transferring or pretending to loan many of them to friends or acquaintances, prosecutors said.
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Analysis Names Nassau County Safest Community In America
The study looked at 3,000 municipalities and scored them based on crime rates, injuries and public safety capacity.
Nassau County got a perfect score in “per capita spending for health and emergency services.”
In a statement, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said:
I want to thank the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, law enforcement, and our first responders, who deserve the credit for Nassau being the safest community in America. We’ve made a commitment to community policing and building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and the results are showing. As always, we will continue to put the health and safety of Nassau residents first.
Rockland County was named the 2nd safest community by U.S. News.
Westchester County; Bergen County, NJ; and Richmond County (Staten Island) also made the top 10.
Putnam County, NY and Hudson County, NJ ranked in the top 20.
Queens, Kings and Bronx counties received honorable mentions.
LINK: Read the U.S. News & World Report analysis of the safest communities in America
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