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Days after pleading guilty to the charges in the 2021 case, Lin was found in possession of a loaded .22 Beretta pistol (similar to the one pictured) stored in his backpack at the time of an arrest on a separate charge.
By Forum Staff
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced on Saturday that a Flushing man has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for selling narcotics and a loaded firearm to an undercover officer in 2021.
Renshan Lin, 37, received an additional 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, to run concurrently, for possessing a loaded firearm while awaiting sentencing in 2021 case.
Lin pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2022 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. While awaiting sentencing, Lin was re-arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree for having another loaded firearm inside his backpack. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 21.
According to the charges, on Feb. 12, 2021, Lin sold 27.663 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover detective in exchange for cash. Lin proceeded to sell the undercover detective an additional 14.043 grams of methamphetamine on March 12, 2021.
Following the narcotic sales, on March 19, 2021, Lin sold the undercover officer a loaded .380 auto caliber, semi-automatic pistol with a defaced serial number, along with eight rounds of ammunition.
Lin was arrested on May 25, 2021, by law enforcement officials in Flushing, at which point an additional .917 ounces of methamphetamine were recovered from his person.
On Sept. 28, 2022, days after pleading guilty to the charges in the 2021 case, Lin was found in possession of a loaded .22 Beretta pistol stored in his backpack at the time of an arrest on a separate charge.
“Let this serve as a warning to all those who think they can deal drugs and sell deadly weapons in Queens: You will be prosecuted,” Katz said. “This defendant, who sold highly addictive methamphetamine and a loaded gun on our streets, will now suffer the consequences for his criminal actions.”