By William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times
A 32-year-old North Carolina man sold 11 guns to an undercover police
detective in New York over a 13-month period, including two MAC-11
machine pistols, the authorities said yesterday.
The man, Sydney Ifill, was arraigned yesterday in State Supreme Court
in Queens on a 22-count indictment charging him with weapons
possession and criminal sale of a firearm, officials said.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and the Queens district
attorney, Richard A. Brown, announced the charges at a news
conference at 1 Police Plaza, where they displayed several of the
guns they said Mr. Ifill had sold to an undercover detective from the
department's Firearms Investigation Unit. The guns included the
MAC-11's, which were brand new, and several semiautomatic pistols and
revolvers, as well as assorted ammunition.
"Lethal weapons sold in the black market infest our neighborhoods
with gunfire and bloodshed and exact a deadly toll of suffering and
death," Mr. Brown said.
The two-year investigation, called Operation Iron Pipeline, began in
April 2001 when the police learned that Mr. Ifill was an illegal gun
merchant, Mr. Brown said. Detectives and prosecutors assigned to the
Narcotics Investigations Bureau in Mr. Brown's office then set up a
sting operation that resulted in a number of face-to-face street
"This individual tried to make quick cash by smuggling illegal
firearms from North Carolina and selling them anywhere he could in
Queens," Mr. Kelly said. "Instead, our undercover officers found him,
tracked him and put him behind bars."
Mr. Ifill was arrested on June 4 in North Carolina, where he later
The indictment charged Mr. Ifill, of Raleigh, with criminal
possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degrees and
third-degree criminal sale of a firearm. He faces a maximum sentence
of 59 to 87 years in prison if convicted.
Mr. Ifill pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Justice James
P. Griffin, who set bail at $200,000, according to Patrick Clark, a
spokesman for Mr. Brown. Mr. Ifill's lawyer, Frank Paone, declined to