Suspected assault weapon trafficker arrested in Bridgeport - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Suspected assault weapon trafficker arrested in Bridgeport

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William Akeem Hooks. (State police photo) William Akeem Hooks. (State police photo)
The weapons and cash seized in Bridgeport. (State police photo) The weapons and cash seized in Bridgeport. (State police photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

State police said detectives confiscated firearms, narcotics and cash after executing a search and seizure warrant in Bridgeport Monday.

Members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force's southwest office and the Statewide Urban Violence & Cooperative Crime Control Task Force said they were watching an apartment on Hanover Street.

They said they received reports that William Akeem Hooks had been trafficking assault rifles and other firearms from southern states into Connecticut.

Surveillance revealed Hooks to have conducted the sale of a GSG-522 .22 caliber rifle with a pistol grip and silencer. State police said the weapon is classified as an assault rifle.

Detectives said they later saw Hooks leave the apartment in a vehicle.

They stopped the vehicle with the help of Bridgeport police. Hooks was arrested.

State police said they found a gram of crack cocaine, marijuana and $1,320 in cash on him.

Hooks' 2005 Dodge Magnum was also seized.

A warrant served on the suspect's apartment revealed a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 .22 caliber rifle with a high capacity magazine. State police said that weapon is also classified as an assault rifle. It had been reported stolen from Darlington County, SC.

Detectives also seized a loaded Glock model 26 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine.

Two children were also in the apartment, which were referred to a different location by the Department of Children and Families.

Hooks was charged with illegal sale or transfer of an assault weapon, possession of narcotics, two counts of possession of an assault rifle, theft of a firearm and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

His bond was set at $500,000.

He was scheduled to face a judge in Bridgeport Superior Court Tuesday.

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