ROCK — A Mabelvale man indicted by a New York federal court on gun-trafficking charges agreed Tuesday to waive a bail hearing in Arkansas and be extradited to New York.
Aboudulaye Keita, 22, who was born in the Bronx, was indicted in the Southern District of New York along with three other people for conspiracy to commit firearms trafficking and firearms trafficking. Jailyn Hilliard, Marquis Deshaun Austin, and Cedric Keyon Christopher were also ordered.
Keita is also dealing with one count traveling interstate with the intent of committing gun trafficking. Keita is accused by federal authorities in New York of receiving six guns that three other men bought in Arkansas and transporting them to New York by bus from Memphis between October 2020 and December of next year. According to a complaint filed in July, Keita is believed to have received at least 73 guns purchased through straw purchases from three other defendants in Arkansas to transport to New York.
According to a press release from the attorney’s office in New York, the recovered gun casings were connected to a transmission that took place in the Bronx on June 20, 2021, and a shooting that took place in Harlem on July 5, 2021; and on Oct. 6 2021. Casings recovered from one firearm in Arkansas at the scene of Sept. 3 2021 they were found, a murder in Little Rock.
Keita was arrested last March in Arkansas. Augustine and Christopher were arrested in July.
Keita had been in Pulaski County custody since July on a failure to appear warrant from Pulaski County and federal custody. He was arrested on July 13, according to the Pulaski County Jail Roster.
At a hearing Tuesday, Keita’s co-conspirator, Geoffrey Kearney, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe that Keita had decided to waive a bond hearing in Arkansas and agreed to be extradited to New York.
“I understand you have decided to reserve your right to a bond hearing and be extradited to New York,” Volpe said. “I don’t think there is a set time, but once there the marshals will set you up for hearing.”
According to the Gifford Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Arkansas ranks 50th in the nation for gun safety because of some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Over the years, the Giffords Center said, Arkansas has passed few meaningful gun safety laws, opting instead to allow concealed carry at universities and polling places. In 2020, Arkansas had the 81st-highest gun death rate in the country and outranked other states for the 14th-highest gun deaths.
Among the areas in which the state is lacking, said the Giffords Center, Arkansas does not require universal policies or permits for gun owners, has weak domestic violence gun laws, no restrictions on weapons or mass-produced assault weapons, and has no mechanism in place. for a time, guns from the hands of men who show signs that they or others are dangerous.