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One of the weapons recovered from Hakeem’s home was a Sig Sauer .45 caliber handgun
By Forum Staff
A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges after police found a stash of firearms and ammunition in his home during the execution of a court-authorized search warrant in February 2017.
“Firearms pose a serious and deadly threat to public safety,” said Queens DA Brown. “My office is committed to ridding our communities of illegal guns. This case should serve as a warning to anyone who would purchase a weapon elsewhere and bring it into Queens County. When you are caught with an illegal gun you will face prison time. The defendant in this case has been sentenced to a term of incarceration as a result of his error in judgment.”
The defendant is identified as Andrew Hakeem, 22, of Woodward Avenue. He plead guilty earlier this month to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and had two years post-release supervision tacked on to his sentence by Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry A. Kron.
According to the charges, police executed a court-authorized search warrant on the defendant’s home on February 17, 2017. There, police recovered a semiautomatic rifle that could be equipped with a detachable magazine along with a folding stock, a Sig Sauer .45 caliber gun, a taser and numerous rounds of ammunition. At the time of his arrest, the defendant admitted that he’d bought the handgun in Miami and knew he was not permitted to carry it in New York City.