A gun smuggler who endangered the lives of many people worked as a security guard at the 9-11 Memorial site in Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).The Commissioner of the New York City Police Department announced the arrest of 29-year-old Maquan Moore of Manhattan, a 9/11 Memorial security guard, and Morris Wilson, 32, of Orlando, Florida, for the trafficking of more than 25 firearms from locations outside of New York into Manhattan.
Moore and Wilson were arrested by the ATF and NYPD.
The two suspects were brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox in Manhattan federal court.
They are being held without bail.
Moore and Morris Wilson are responsible for illegally introducing into Manhattan scores of illegal firearms – including assault-style weapons capable of inflicting mass casualties – and knowingly doing so in the neighborhood of a nearby school.
Their alleged disregard for public safety could have had catastrophic consequences.
Beginning in December 2017, police officers made multiple undercover purchases of firearms from Moore, who at the time was working as a security guard at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
These firearms included several assault-style weapons, such as a MAC-10 machine pistol, and various other handguns and rifles.
On the evening of February 1, 2018, an undercover officer purchased from Moore additional firearms, many of which had been brought by Wilson from Florida to New York.
In connection with Moore and Wilson’s arrest, the officers seized 21 additional firearms.
Moore was charged firearms trafficking and possession of a firearm near a school zone.
He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Wilson was charged with firearms trafficking and interstate transportation and receipt of firearms.
He faces up to 5 years in prison.