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Brooklyn Deli Workers Arrested On Weapons Charges Following Fencing Operation

Loaded Ekol Sava Magnum 9mm pistol recovered by police during fencing operation on Feb. 16, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

Loaded Ekol Sava Magnum 9mm pistol recovered by police during fencing operation on Feb. 16, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Three deli workers got more than they bargained for after agreeing to buy a stolen phone during an undercover police sting on Saturday afternoon,

The Brooklyn residents have been arrested after police conducted a fencing operation at a deli in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn at around 1:30 p.m.

According to police, undercover officers offered to sell a stolen iPhone for $30 to the employees of 94 Gourmet on Tompkins Avenue.

The employees, who police have identified as Hassan Yahya, 57, Sultan Hussain, 29, and Robert Cepeda, 18, agreed to buy the stolen smartphone. As police were arresting the suspects, they found a defaced .380 black semi-automatic handgun loaded with three live rounds and a loaded Ekol Sava Magnum 9mm, a starter pistol.

Police recovered this .380 semi-automatic handgun during a fencing operation in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Feb. 16, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

Police recovered this .380 semi-automatic handgun during a fencing operation in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Feb. 16, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

The three men face several charges of criminal possession of a weapon. Cepeda and Hussain were also charged with possession of marijuana.

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