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FedEx employee charged with stealing 146 guns
by Jeff Whelan/The Star-Ledger
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 6:03 AM

A FedEx cargo handler stole 146 handguns from the Monmouth County facility where he worked and enlisted a friend to help sell the weapons at public housing projects in Jersey City and on the streets of Newark and East Orange, federal investigators said Tuesday.

The scheme began to fall apart when frustrated residents complained to Jersey City police, who then used a sting operation to capture the suspects, authorities said.

Federal agents are now trying to trace dozens of the stolen weapons, many of which they said were sold for between $300 and $500 each or traded for drugs.

"This is a huge number of guns. Our primary goal is to find out where the remaining guns are. We want them in our custody. We don't want them in the hands of criminals or gang members," said special agent Joseph Green, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The two suspects, Patrick Dolan, 28, of Keyport and John Sozomenou, 32, of Aberdeen, surrendered at federal district court in Newark today. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz ordered them both released on $200,000 bond.

They were charged with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko, who is prosecuting the case.

The conspiracy began in October when Dolan stole a single handgun from the Federal Express facility in Eatontown, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today.

In May, he allegedly stole a shipment of 75 guns from a conveyor belt. The weapons were manufactured by Bersa in Argentina and destined for a southern New Jersey importer, authorities said. Days later, the complaint stated, he stole another shipment of 70 guns from Argentina.

But as Dolan grew bolder, authorities said, he and Sozomenou began raising eyebrows on the streets. Jersey City residents complained to police in May that two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.

Tipsters said the guns, new and in their original boxes, were being sold out of a white Ford Bronco and a blue BMW, authorities said. One tipster caught the license plate of the BMW, which police traced to Dolan's girlfriend, according to the complaint.

Authorities used a confidential informant to set up a sting. The informant contacted Dolan and Sozomenou, who agreed to sell about a dozen handguns for approximately $300 apiece.

On May 29, the two suspects showed up at the buy in the Ford Bronco and were arrested. Police found a green army bag in the vehicle with eight Bersa .380-caliber handguns and one Comanche .22-caliber nine-shot revolver, according to the complaint. Authorities said all of the weapons had been stolen from the FedEx facility.

Police also recovered two loaded weapons hidden inside the steering wheel: a Bersa .380-caliber handgun, and a Bersa .40-caliber handgun, both also stolen from FedEx, authorities said.

Both suspects confessed, according to the complaint. They first were charged at the local level, but federal authorities, who can seek stiffer penalties, took over the case.

Greg Tomczak, who represents Dolan, and Peter Willis, who represents Sozomenou, both declined to comment today.

Jim McCluskey, a spokesman for FedEx, said Dolan was fired after his initial arrest in May. He said the company cooperated with investigators.

"It appears to be an isolated issue. We have very tight security procedures in place. We don't tolerate any type of illegal activity in our company," McCluskey said.

He said that in order to ship guns through the U.S. with FedEx, either the shipper or recipient must be a licensed manufacturer, importer, dealer or collector and the shipment must be in compliance with federal, state and local laws.
 

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Why there is absoltootly nothing wrong with their system... Mr McClusky says so! :eek:

Jim McCluskey, a spokesman for FedEx, said Dolan was fired after his initial arrest in May. He said the company cooperated with investigators.

"It appears to be an isolated issue. We have very tight security procedures in place. We don't tolerate any type of illegal activity in our company," McCluskey said.
 

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fed ex

Where is the tight security their talking about? How do you carry a large box out of the facility?
 

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"The two suspects, Patrick Dolan, 28, of Keyport and John Sozomenou, 32, of Aberdeen, surrendered at federal district court in Newark today. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz ordered them both released on $200,000 bond."

That's the part that pisses me off. We have to endure draconian measures because of douchelords like these guys, but when THEY get busted, they're immediately released on bond to go do more of the voodoo that they do so well.
 

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Jesus, how does someone walk out with 75 handguns at the same time?!
Everytime a package changes hands it gets scanned. When it's loaded onto a truck at the station it gets scanned ...usually. If he didn't bother to scan it onto his vehicle, then they would have thought it to be still int the station. If he's paying off one of the container unloaders to not scan them, then the system will show that it made it to the ramp (where the aircraft arrives) but not to the station, leaving alot of investigating to be done (which apparently already had been by this time). So, the courier intentionally neglects to scan it onto his truck and nobody knows just exactly where the package(s) are after getting to the ramp. He loads them into his delivery vehicle and does whatever he wants to with them.
FedEx has an astounding number of checks and balances programmed into its tracking system, which is most likely how they caught this scumbag to begin with. Corporate security doesn't miss much once 1 red flag is raised, and they aren't shy about using undercover employees and bait packages to flush out a thief or drug dealer.
 

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Gonzo_Beyondo said:
This is just the sort of thing the Antis will use against "Online sales".


Not fucking good. Not at all.
What? These guns were going from the manufacturer to the distributor, NOTHING to do with online sales whatsoever.

Besides, the anti's don't need silly little things like facts or evidence to support their claims, they never have.
 

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m0ondoggy said:
Gonzo_Beyondo said:
This is just the sort of thing the Antis will use against "Online sales".


Not fucking good. Not at all.
What? These guns were going from the manufacturer to the distributor, NOTHING to do with online sales whatsoever.

Besides, the anti's don't need silly little things like facts or evidence to support their claims, they never have.
I understand that, which is why I say 146 stolen guns traded off for drugs in the projects will be used as ammo. It doesn't matter if they were going from MFR to distributor or from individuals to MFR or FFL to FFL... the fact is they were in the mail system and they walked off. A whole shitload of em, which illustrates precisely how many firearms are floating around, and easily (obviously) found.

Its just not good.
 

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They are looking at only 5 years prison? :evil:

How about 5 years PER GUN!


Otherwise, they'll be out in 6 months due to overcrowding, never pay any fine, and back to business as usual.
 

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What's funny is that this crap happens in Jersey because


















it so damn hard to buy a gun there. I know b/c my job moved me there for a few years. Thank God I'm back home in Florida
 

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a guy at the ups hub here stole a bunch a few years ago too.
 

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All shippers have their problems. The company I work for had 137 UPS employees fired last year for theft of our product in transit.
 

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Frostbite said:
All shippers have their problems. The company I work for had 137 UPS employees fired last year for theft of our product in transit.
as a former package handler for fed ex and ups i can say this

90% of package handlers=trash
 
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