Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, the Suffolk County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (“ATF”) today announced the arrest of …
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, the Suffolk County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (“ATF”) today announced the arrest of a Patchogue man for the illegal possession and sale of weapons, including an illegal AR-15 assault rifle that the defendant assembled himself using legally purchased gun parts.
Mark Singh, 35, of Patchogue, is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a C violent felony; Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a D violent felony; Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a D violent felony; and Manufacture of an Assault Weapon, a D Felony.
“This is an individual who was not legally allowed to possess firearms, and yet he was building and selling his own illegal assault rifles,” District Attorney Sini said. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners, including the Suffolk County Police Department and ATF, to crack down on the illegal possession and sale of assault weapons.”
“Not only did Mark Singh illegally assemble weapons, he went one step further and engaged in illegal sales,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “I applaud the efforts of the SCPD detectives as well as our law enforcement partners to halt this individual’s operations and take these weapons off the street.”
“ATF remains committed to keeping our communities safe by working with our local partners to stop the production, possession and sale of firearms in violation of the law – state or federal,” said John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF New York Field Division.
In 2018, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department conducted an investigation into the alleged illegal sale of weapons at Chester’s Hunting & Fishing, a sporting goods store in Ronkonkoma. The investigation resulted in the arrest and indictment of owner Chester Pergan, 54, of St. James, on 69 criminal charges for the alleged illegal possession and sale of weapons.
In connection with that investigation, Singh was identified by law enforcement as also being involved in the alleged illegal possession and sale of weapons. The investigation revealed evidence that on at least one occasion, Singh allegedly manufactured an illegal AR-15 assault rifle by purchasing individual gun parts separately, then illegally sold that weapon.
It is legal to purchase certain gun parts in New York State; however it is illegal to manufacture, possess or sell an assault weapon. In addition, Singh was not licensed to own firearms.
A search warrant was executed on June 24 at Singh’s residence in Patchogue, during which law enforcement recovered 7 illegal assault weapons, one of which was loaded, and three additional illegally-configured receivers and parts that were in the process of being assembled; 13 high capacity magazines; hundreds of rounds of ammunition; seven illegal knives; and various tools and parts used for assembling AR-type rifles.
Singh was arraigned yesterday by Suffolk County District Court Judge Toni A. Bean and bail was set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He is due back in court on June 29. If convicted of the top count, Singh faces a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mary Skiber, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.