BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man was arrested by State Police on charges of trafficking in assault rifles and other firearms following a tip from a nearby resident, according to authorities.
William Akeem Hook, 30, of Hanover Street, was arrested after agents with the state police detectives from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force Southwest office and the Statewide Urban Violence & Cooperative Crime Control Task Force witnessed him selling an assault rifle to another person on Monday, state police said.
Agents began watching Hook after receiving intelligence information from a resident that he was trafficking in assault rifles and other firearms that were being obtained from Southern states, police said.Following the sale, detectives conducted a traffic stop with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department. Hooks was arrested without incident, at which time he was found to be in possession of 1 gram of crack cocaine, marijuana and $1,320 in cash, state police said.
Hooks’ 2005 Dodge Magnum was seized as evidence and transported to Troop G-Bridgeport, where it was searched by detectives via a search warrant, police said. Detectives also served a search warrant on Hooks’ apartment, where they seized a loaded Smith & Wesson MP 15-22 .22-caliber rifle with a high-capacity magazine, which is classified as an assault rifle, and was reported stolen from Darlington County, S.C., police said.
Also seized was a loaded Glock Model 26 9mm semiautomatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine, police said.
Hooks was transported to Troop G, where he was processed and held on bond pending his court date. The Department of Children and Families was contacted, and a referral was made for two children who were in the apartment, police said.
Hooks was charged with illegal sale or transfer of an assault weapon, possession of narcotics, two counts possession of an assault rifle, theft of a firearm and two counts of risk of injury to a minor, police said.
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