As the issue of gun control and banning assault weapons dominates the attention of the country the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has announced the guilty plea on Jan 3, 2013 of a Linden Township man accused of trafficking assault weapons and a revolver.
Andre Doss of 31, of Linden NJ, pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree counts of conspiracy, unlawful possession of two assault firearms, and unlawful possession of a revolver, as well as third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, MDPV, a drug known as “bath salts,” and a third-degree charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 5-Methoxy-diisopropyltryptamine, a drug known as “foxy.”
Appearing before Superior Court Judge Stuart L. Peim in Union County, Doss admitted that in July and August 2011, he arranged and, with the help of co-defendant Duquan Wells, completed sales of an ITM Arms Co. semi-automatic rifle, a Tula Arsenal fully automatic rifle with large-capacity magazine, and a .22-caliber revolver. The guns were sold to an undercover detective of the New Jersey State Police. Doss also admitted that he sold a Cobray MAC-11 9mm assault pistol to an informant working with the State Police.
NJ Attorney General Jeffrey Chisea stated, “by indiscriminately selling deadly assault weapons on the street, criminals like this defendant contribute to the many shootings and murders we see in our urban centers. We’ve stepped up our efforts to seize these guns and send gun traffickers to prison.”
“This man is one of 57 defendants we indicted last year in conjunction with the State Police on charges of trafficking and possessing illegal guns,” said Director Stephen J. Taylor of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We’re hitting these defendants with the full force of our tough gun laws.”
Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Doss be sentenced to 10 years in prison, including five years of parole ineligibility. Doss is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15, 2013.