(BROOKLYN) – They were brothers in arms.
In fact, the Feds say these brothers were dealing arms, internationally.
Coincidentally one of them, Rex Maralit, is a member of the NYPD working in the shadows of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at headquarters.
The 36-page complaint out of the United States Eastern District in Brooklyn meticulously lays out a case against the Maralit brothers for illegally trafficking military-grade rifles and guns along with ammunition from the U.S. to the Philippines.
One of the pistols they were allegedly pushing, the FN Herstal 5.7 MM, is listed in the complaint as having been designed as a battlefield weapon with the capability of penetrating armor worn by military combatants.
Meanwhile they are also accused of trafficking a Barret 50-caliber semi-automatic which according to the complaint can disable vehicles and pose a plausible threat to aircraft.
Its difficult to fathom officer Rex Maralit, well versed with the NYPD’s initiative to get guns off the streets, would be this deeply involved in getting these types of weapons onto the streets of a country half-a-world away. However, according to the Feds he did just that while managing a 12-hour time difference and doing business on such holidays as the 4th of July and Christmas.
Maralit’s wife showed up to the court support her husband at his first appearance but she would not address any inquiries by PIX 11 News.
As for the other brothers allegedly involved? Well one works for customs out of the Los Angeles International Airport and the the other was based in the Philippines.
Maralit next appearance before a federal judge is set for next Thursday.
He will be placed in protective custody until then. Additionally , he has been suspended without pay according to the NYPD.AlertMe