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NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty in Gun-Smuggling Conspiracy

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Brooklyn NYPD officer William Masso, 48, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy charges for his "central role" in a gun smuggling case produced by an FBI sting operation, the AP reports. Masso, an eighteen-year veteran of the force who faces five to six years in prison at a June sentencing, started dealing cigarettes after getting involved with a federal cooperator and eventually began transporting expensive items including M-16 rifles, shotguns, handguns and slot machines. "He was trying to buy a house for his family and he started with cigarettes. It just got bigger and bigger," Masso's lawyer said. Cigarettes really are a gateway drug.

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