NYPD officer Rex Maralit along with his brothers was arrested on Friday September 6, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Maralit, a 10-year NYPD veteran was charged with conspiring with his brothers to violate the Arms Export Control Act and engage in unlicensed firearms dealing.
Rex Maralit, 44, and Wilfredo Maralit, 48, a Customs and Border Protection Officer at Los Angeles International Airport, were allegedly trafficking high-powered firearms out of the United States and into the Philippines.
Ariel Maralit, 43, resides in the Philippines and and U.S. law enforcement authorities are working with officials there to apprehend him.
“The defendant and Wilfredo Maralit then scoured the internet for gun dealers and parts suppliers, and used their law enforcement credentials to obtain weapons and weapon components for export or resale in the Philippines. The coconspirators sent the guns and gun parts overseas in disguised packages, mislabeled as containing, for example, ‘industrial sliding door track,’” according to a prosecutor’s letter to the court seeking Rex Maralit’s detention.
According to the complaint made against the officers their gun trafficking scheme took place between January 2009 and March 2013.
The complaint describes in detail the types of weapons being transported out of the U.S. and they are described as, “among the most powerful and deadly military style assault weapons available.”
One of the weapons in particular is described as, “a long-range weapon, favored by U.S. Special Forces and other military units for its ability to penetrate exterior walls, disable vehicles, and even potentially down aircraft.”
On Thursday September 5 a search was conducted in the home of Rex Maralit, who works in the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity office.
The search turned up numerous firearms including a loaded AK47 assault rifle, a loaded .44 Magnum revolver and two other loaded handgun, which court records state were not locked despite the fact that there are three children living in the home.
Mr. Maralit faces up to five years for each charge, forfeiture and a fine of $250,000, according to prosecutors.