NEWARK, NJ – A Paterson man with a prior felony conviction appeared in federal court on Thursday to face charges related to his role in selling 11 guns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a statement.
According to reports Floyd “HK” Henry, was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation found that he engaged in a total of three transactions between July 15 and September 20 during whcih he sold two semi-automatic rifles, two revolvers, and seven semi-automatic pistols for over $8,000.
Court documents showed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) worked with a confidential source (CS) who made calls to the suspect, knowing they were being recorded, and arranged to make the three transactions including the first in late July.
On that day, the filing reads, the CS called Henry at approximately 11:30 a.m. to confirm a meeting location. The CS then met Henry at approximately 3:10 p.m. at which point the suspect got into the CS’s car in front of a home on East 39th Street, and showed three weapons, as well as ammunition, stored in a suitcase he was carrying. Just minutes later, Henry received a telephone call during which Henry was heard saying "Three of them already gone .... You gotta send me the money."
After making the transaction for $3,000 Henry told the CS that he "got some coming in this weekend.”
“That's what the guy that's calling me. He wants six of them, but I'm [going to] try to slide you in there. I got a lot of people man,” Henry told the CS. “That why I said if you ain't call me for these, somebody else gonna get them .... "
Henry then left the CS’s vehicle and returned to the vehicle that had dropped him off at the residence earlier in the day.
Similar scenes played out in August and September. In the third incident, which took place in Passaic, Henry is said to have told the CS that the price of the firearms had increased $800 as his own costs, including that “the store was charging him more money for the firearms,” and necessary travel to Georgia and Pennsylvania to retrieve the firearms. The increased price, he assured the CS, was worth it as “everything (he) got is like good shit."
Henry will remain behind bars with no bail during the trial and faces up to 10 years in jail on each of three charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and five years for “engaging in the business of dealing firearms, while not being a federally licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer.”
According to Carpenito members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office participated in the investigation along with New Jersey State Police and agents from the ATF.
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