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Three People Indicted for Drug and Gun Trafficking in Manhattan

By Ben Fractenberg | December 7, 2010 3:58pm 
Police displayed the 25 weapons bought from the drug traffickers during a Tuesday press conference.
Police displayed the 25 weapons bought from the drug traffickers during a Tuesday press conference.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

DOWNTOWN — Three people were indicted Tuesday for selling weapons and drugs to undercover officers in upper Manhattan, police and prosecutors said.

Juan Rivas and Emmanuel Agesta, both 20, and Monica Amador, 21, were busted for selling 25 weapons worth $25,000 during a five-month police investigation, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said.

"These are young adults who who should have been in school, not with guns in their hands, headed either to prison or an early grave," said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. at a Tuesday press conference.

The District Attorney’s office and the NYPD started a joint investigation into Rivas in June. During that time, Rivas allegedly sold 25 guns, including semiautomatic pistols and shotguns, on 16 different occasions to undercover police officers.

"Rivas bought these guns on the streets of New York and was selling them on the streets of New York," said District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. during the press conference.
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Rivas and Agesta were finally arrested on Nov. 9 after allegedly selling 115 grams of cocaine to an undercover detective inside a van near Sherman Avenue in Inwood.

Amador, who helped the men in other gun deals, was arrested later that day.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said half the guns sold to detectives came already loaded.

"These were headed for the hands of criminals," said Kelly.

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