Three Tennessee men have been indicted for illegal sales of firearms in New York City.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Tuesday the indictments of Robert Carmona, 51, of New York, Harold Floran, 51, of Fayetteville, Alan Goode, 30, of Huntland and Melvyn McDonald, 41, of Fayetteville.
Carmona and Floran were indicted for selling 80 guns and corresponding ammunition to an undercover New York Police Department detective, according to a press release from Vance's office. Goode and McDonald are charged with knowingly supplying the firearms for illegal sales in New York City, the release said.
The defendants are charged in a 141-count New York State Supreme Court indictment with conspiracy in the fourth degree, as well as various counts of criminal sale of a firearm in the first, second and third degrees, and other related charges, according to the release.
“Roberto Carmona allegedly used his job as a doorman to operate a highly illegal, one-man gun show out of the Midtown building where he worked – storing ammunition in his locker and selling multiple deadly weapons outside,” District Attorney Vance said in the release. “Mr. Carmona is also accused of bringing his work home with him, selling dozens of guns outside the Morningside Heights building where he lived.”
Police Commissioner Shea said: “New York City police officers risk their lives every day to prevent guns from getting into criminals’ hands because every shooting is a serious concern to the public and the police. With too many illegal guns already out there, it’s a great service that our NYPD investigators and prosecutors have performed in this case to ensure that these trafficked guns were taken out of commission before reaching our city streets.”
According to the indictment, between Jan. 29 and Sept. 9, Carmona sold a total of 80 guns, including 63 semi-automatic pistols, 11 revolvers, two assault rifles, two rifles, one sawed-off shotgun, one shotgun and corresponding ammunition to an undercover NYPD detective.
The 15 sales took place near Carmona's home in Morningside Heights and at a building on West 55th St. in Midtown, New York, where he worked as a doorman and stored ammunition in his locker in the building’s basement. Prices ranged from $500 to $3,700 per firearm.
Vance's release said defendants orchestrated the gun sales through text messages and phone calls and exchanged cash and digital payments.
Typically, Goode and McDonald purchased the weapons in Tennessee and sold them to Floran, the release said. Floran then met Carmona in Virginia, Tennessee, or New Jersey to exchange the weapons, according to the release.
Floran and Carmona used their personal cars to transfer the guns, but on one occasion, Floran transported the firearms in a U-Haul, according to the New York City D.A.'s press release.
The Tennessee-based defendants typically purchased the weapons at gun stores, but also discussed buying firearms on ArmsList.com, a classified ad website that serves as a platform for individuals to buy and sell weapons and accessories in private transactions, the release said.
Carmona pleaded not guilty on Tuesday morning at his arraignment in the Manhattan Supreme Court, according to multiple news outlets. He is being held without bail.
McDonald and Floran were taken into custody by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on fugitive-from-justice charges and are awaiting extradition from the Lincoln County Jail. Goode was taken into custody by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City, Florida, and is awaiting extradition.