TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: MAY 8, 2018
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ANDREW OKIE (DOB: 6/14/1994; single; and employed as an Electronics Technician) of 3102 Hamlet Drive, Tobyhanna, PA on gun-related charges, including the illegal sale of firearms and high capacity magazines, possession of assault rifles, unlawful possession of rifles, and the possession of high capacity magazines. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In March 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Andrew OKIE was involved in the sale of firearms. An investigation revealed that OKIE was obtaining firearms, including assault rifles, in Pennsylvania, and selling them for profit.
Between March 2018 and May 2018, a Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Detective acting in an undercover capacity met with Andrew OKIE in Bergen County on several occasions and purchased one Century Arms AK47 rifle, two Ruger AR15 rifles, one American Tactical AR15 rifle, seven high capacity firearm magazines, and more than one hundred rounds of ammunition (7.62 x 39MM and 5.56 x 45MM).
On May 5, 2018, Andrew OKIE was arrested and charged with four counts of possession of an assault rifle, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5f, a crime of the 2nd degree, four counts of unlawful possession of a rifle, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, a crime of the 3rd degree, four counts of illegal sale of a firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9g, a crime of the 3rd degree, seven counts of sale of a high capacity firearm magazine, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9h, a crime of the 4th degree, and seven counts of possession of a large capacity firearm magazine, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j, a crime of the 4th degree. Andrew OKIE was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on May 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Hackensack Police Department, the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, the Dumont Police Department, and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.