New York City police revealed today that 254 guns were seized in a sting operation that saw smugglers attempt to sneak guns into the city in hopes of selling the stolen firearms on the black market, in rap studios, and likely in the trunk of cars and vans on the street.
According to the NYTimes, this is the largest gun seizure in the history of New York City.
In a news conference featuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the guns were strewn across a table adorned with a blue mat. Looking at the shocking amount of weapons on display, Bloomberg could only muster the following light quip in an otherwise deadly serious situation.
“[That’s] a lot of firepower.”
Indeed it is.
In all, 19 people were responsible for the guns hitting the North. The were taken from the South in hopes of being resold.
But how did the guns get to the North, exactly? How did police manage to stop the weapons from being sold in neighborhoods where violence is already sky high?
Turns out that two men, Earl Campbell and Walter Walker, purchased guns that were stolen and then managed to hide the 254 guns in a variety of different suitcases and other luggage accessories.
At that point, the men then boarded cheap Chinatown buses in an attempt to get into the city. Police say that the firearms were often sold in bulk. For the hefty sum of $9,700, buyers could get 14 firearms.
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