For Immediate Release
Paterson Felon Arrested For Trafficking And Unlawfully Possessing Firearms
NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson, New Jersey, man with a prior felony conviction has been arrested for illegally selling 11 firearms for over $8,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Floyd Henry, a/k/a “HK,” 34, was arrested Sept. 25, 2019, on a complaint charging him with one count of illegally engaging in the business of dealing in firearms and three counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Henry had his initial appearance Sept. 26, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From July 15, 2019, through Sept. 20, 2019, Henry engaged in the business of dealing firearms while not being a federally licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer. On at least three occasions, Henry sold a total of two semi-automatic rifles, two revolvers, and seven semi-automatic pistols for over $8,000.
Each of the three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The charge of engaging in the business of dealing firearms, while not being a federally licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer carries a maximum potential penalty of up to five years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; officers with the Passaic County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik; the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia Valdes; and the N.J. State Police under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to Henry’s arrest.
ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) supported this case. The NTC is the country’s only crime gun tracing center, and functions to provide accurate and timely trace information about the purchaser of a recovered firearm. ATF special agents and intelligence research specialists analyze this information to identify individuals engaged in unlicensed dealing of firearms, to include those who straw purchase firearms, which are often later recovered from the hands of convicted felons.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Amore of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.
Defense counsel: Peter Carter Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark.