Former Cop Admits to Selling NYPD Guns to His Drug Dealer

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) take part in a promotion ceremony attended by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Police Headquarters on January 27, 2012 in New York City. Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down, saying that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. Commissioner Kelly refused to answer questions relating to rape allegations involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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In court on Monday former cop Nicholas Mina pleaded guilty to stealing guns from lockers in his East Village precinct and selling them to finance his painkiller addiction. Mina, who was arrested in July, admitted to selling four 9-mm guns taken from coworkers, his own private-use Glock, and a bulletproof vest to drug dealer Ivan Chavez, as well as selling methadone. Mina was caught when Chavez sold department issue guns and ammunition to undercover cops. "It shocks the conscience that the [NYPD] Firearms Investigation Unit under covers had to put their lives in danger in order to spot another officer from putting [police] guns out on the street," said assistant district attorney Chris Prevost. Mina was facing a twenty year maximum sentence, but is expected to be sentenced to fifteen and a half years in state prison.