2012-10-26 / Top Stories

Biker Thug Arraigned In Hospital

Kept From Court By High Blood Pressure
By Howard Schwach

Scott Brannigan in a photo released by the federal courts. Scott Brannigan in a photo released by the federal courts. Scott “Spider” Brannigan, the Belle Harbor man accused of assembling bombs in his Beach 128 Street home and selling guns out of his garage while his wife ran a day care center downstairs faced his initial hearing on October

17, but he was in the hospital at the time, being treated for high blood pressure. Instead of appearing in Brooklyn Federal Court, Brannigan appeared by phone from his hospital bed.

The court hearing magistrate found that Brannigan “presented no credible sureties to assure his appearance” should he be allowed out on bail and that he should remain in jail until his trial.

Brannigan, 61, along with seven other middle-aged members of three Brooklyn based, violent motorcycle gangs, allegedly sold a total of 41 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and an operational cannon to undercover officers over the course of a two year investigation.

In addition to the firearms sales, the search warrants executed at various locations on Tuesday morning collectively resulted in the seizure of 20 firearms, seven IEDs, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The indictment says that the explosives were manufactured and the guns were sold at the Brannigan’s home, located on the bay block of Beach 128 Street near Beach Channel Drive.

During the course of the investigation, officers posing as gun customers purchased firearms, ammunition, and the cannon from the defendants, frequently at tattoo parlors both on Beach 91 Street in Rockaway and Brooklyn operated by the gangs.

According to court filings, the gangs known as the Forbidden Ones, the Dirty Ones, and the Trouble Makers, sought to preserve and protect the power and prestige of their gangs and to enrich their members through robbery, firearms, and narcotics trafficking. Brannigan’s gang, The Forbidden Ones, operated the tattoo parlor at 91-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard which was also the site of gun and ammunition sales during the course of the investigation.

Brannigan is accused of smuggling the firearms from Florida to New York on several occasions. According to court filings, he is accused of traveling on three separate occasions during the investigation period, bringing back a total of at least ten firearms as well as the aforementioned cannon.

If convicted on the sole count currently charged, the defendants each face a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

“As set forth in the complaint, these defendants carried out their firearms dealing with no regard for the law or the safety of others. One defendant even stored the gangs’ explosive devices in his home, despite the fact that his wife ran a day care center at the same location. Proud of living outside the law, four defendants openly celebrated their prior confrontations with law enforcement. All are now confronted with the consequences of their actions. Violent biker gangs are not outside the reach of the law – no matter how many patches or tattoos they wear,” said Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

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