NYPD: 217 illegal firearms seized in underground trafficking probe
Officials say 217 illegal firearms were recently confiscated in an undercover gun trafficking investigation.
They say the suspect conspired to sell the guns, which were purchased in Virginia, to an undercover officer in Brooklyn between June 2016 and February 2017.
"This is our biggest gun trafficking case to date," says Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. "The most defendants charged and the most guns seized in its history over the course of an eight-month investigation. An NYPD undercover officer purchased 217 guns from these defendants, including 41 assault weapons."
Officials say they were tipped off about the illegal gun trafficking ring from concerned citizens in Brooklyn, who told officers they knew about an operation involving people allegedly associated with Bloods gangs in Virginia and Brooklyn.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill says 24 people, all Virginia residents, have been charged with weapon offenses and conspiracy for trafficking guns.
Officials say the defendants were arrested mostly in Virginia last week and are being arraigned in Brooklyn.