N.Y. suspects had gun that can penetrate bulletproof vests
The Associated Press
NEW YORK- Three men have been charged with illegally possessing two handguns, including one called a "cop killer" because it can break through most bulletproof vests and plates worn by police, prosecutors announced Thursday.
During a narcotics search warrant Wednesday at the apartment the men shared in Far Rockaway, police found a defaced, unloaded Fabrique Nationale Five-seveN semiautomatic handgun, the first recovery of such a weapon in the city, Brown said.
"Its presence is troubling and makes the job of street cops that much more dangerous," Brown said.
The FN 5.7, which comes from Belgium, has a 20-round magazine, and its bullets can penetrate 48 layers of Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.
Police also discovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun and an eighth of an ounce of cocaine during the search, prosecutors said.
The three arrested men, who also were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, were being held and were expected to be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, prosecutors said.
It wasn't clear if the men had retained lawyers before their arraignment. There was no telephone listing for them at the home address provided by the district attorney's office.
The men each could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
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