Prosecutor Bragg claims that the neo-Nazi sold gun parts to extremists over the Internet using smuggled phones while in prison.
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Prosecutor Bragg claims that the neo-Nazi sold gun parts to extremists over the Internet using smuggled phones while in prison.

New York authorities said Tuesday that a man “motivated by neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology” has been charged for allegedly selling firearms and gun parts while in federal custody.

Hayden Espinosa, 24, was released from a federal prison in Louisiana on June 4 when he was immediately picked up by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office in New York in connection with the charges, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Alvin Bragg announced.

Espinosa had access to a smuggled cell phone, which allowed him to use a Telegram channel called “3D Amendment” to sell “illegal firearms and firearm parts,” prosecutors say. Bragg said Espinosa’s clients included an undercover New York City police officer.

According to prosecutors, Espinosa’s channel members were “driven by neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.” The channel’s members are committed to “ethnic extremism,” which is “a combination of racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic ideology,” prosecutors said.

“The combination of extremism and guns is extremely dangerous and threatens the safety of so many New Yorkers,” Bragg said in a statement.

Officials said the same Telegram channel was once used by a racist gunman who murdered 10 black people in a Buffalo grocery store in 2022.

“There is a deep digital footprint of white supremacy and Nazi ideology on the Internet. Today’s indictment covers multiple states, including Ohio, Louisiana and Texas,” Rebecca Weiner, head of the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit, told reporters on Tuesday.

Officials said the suspect was still in Louisiana on Tuesday, awaiting extradition to New York for a June 24 arraignment.

It was not immediately clear whether Espinosa had hired or appointed a criminal defense attorney to advocate on his behalf.

Before his arrest, Espinosa was serving a 33-month federal sentence in Pollock, Louisiana, for illegal gun possession and manufacturing 3D-printed firearm parts.

He is currently charged with four counts of alleged illegal transportation of firearms and one count of attempted illegal sale of firearms.