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Amtrak Gun Trafficker Sentenced

A gun trafficker from Newark was sentenced to today for transporting illegal guns from Georgia into New Jersey on Amtrak so he could sell them on the street.

Leo Robinson
Leo Robinson (State Attorney General’s Office)

State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa says Leo T. Robinson was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, including five year of parole ineligibility.

“We will continue to work aggressively to cut off the supply-chains by which illegal guns are entering New Jersey and being sold into the hands of violent criminals,” said Chiesa. “This lengthy prison sentence will ensure that this trafficker will not be bringing guns into our state.”

On July 20th of last year, Robinson was arrested by the State Police when he arrived at Newark Penn Station from Georgia on an Amtrak train allegedly carrying two black bags containing three semi-automatic pistols (one stolen and another with a defaced serial number), 23 illegal hollow-point bullets, and numerous other rounds. He planned to sell the guns and ammunition in New Jersey.

“Working with the State Police and our other law enforcement partners, we are prosecuting scores of defendants for gun crimes, using New Jersey’s tough gun laws with their mandatory minimum prison terms,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We are committed going forward to dedicating the resources necessary for these vital efforts to protect public safety.”

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