HARLEM, NY — An NYPD school safety agent is facing weapons charges after police searched her Harlem home and found a cache of guns and ammunition, police said.
Sofia Ramirez was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, police said. The misdemeanor charge bars New Yorkers from owning a bullet magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to state laws.
Ramirez's husband Jason Ramirez took the brunt of the charges, the New York Daily News reported. Jason Ramirez was charged with eight counts of illegal weapons possession and 27 counts of possession of a large capacity ammo device, according to the report.
Facing pressure to cut funding from the NYPD, city lawmakers reached a deal to reallocate school safety enforcement from the police department to the city Department of Education in the city's 2021 budget. Many critics argued the moves only shifted policing duties from the NYPD to other city agencies, instead of reallocating funds to offset budget cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.