Driver with Missing Plates Pulled Over, Busted with Illegal Ghost Gun

Last week on the Upper East Side, a relatively routine traffic stop led to an arrest and weapons charges.

It happened on Wednesday, August 30 at around 5 p.m., when cops pulled over a driver on 84th and Lexington Ave. because he was driving with a missing license plate.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the man – an East Harlem resident and “known gang member,” according to the 19th Precinct – had an expired learners permit and an illegal, loaded ghost gun.

illegal ghost gun traffic stop

“The known gang member driving was detained when our Public Safety cops stopped the car for a minor infraction & discovered this loaded firearm with no serial number!” the 19th Precinct wrote on Twitter.

Angel Maisonet, 20, was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operating, a missing license plate, and a Motor Vehicle license violation.

He was due in court this morning at 9 a.m. for his first appearance, though it isn’t clear what resulted and when he’s scheduled to appear again. Public records indicate that criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is the ‘top charge,’ and various legal sources indicate that if convicted, Maisonet would be looking at a minimum sentence of 3.5 years.


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