Largest gun seizure in New York City history carried off by lone undercover cop

guns
These are just some of the 254 guns recovered in the largest gun seizure in New York City history. Credit: Danielle Tcholakian

Top city officials and law enforcement announced today the largest gun seizure on record in New York City history.

Among the 254 gun seized were high-capacity assault weapons, a fully automatic machine gun and many handguns, which are the models most commonly used in violent crimes in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the opportunity to defend stop-and-frisk, the controversial police practice that has come under scrutiny over the past week after a federal court ruling declared the NYPD’s methods of conducting stops unconstitutional and discriminatory.

The mayor said that police stops have produced 8,000 guns.

Furthermore, authorities said that one of the 19 individuals arrested as part of this investigation was heard on a wiretap saying he was too nervous to take the guns to his home in Brownsville, Brooklyn because of stop-and-frisk.

“We got like, whatchamacallit, stop-and-frisk,” said Earl Campbell, a South Carolina resident charged with trafficking guns from South Carolina to New York City.

He and another defendant, North Carolina resident Walter Walker, operated independently of one another but used the same broker in Brooklyn to negotiate sales to buyers throughout New York City.

The mayor recently released new data showing that the percentage of guns used in gun crime in the city that came from other states has risen from 85 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2011.

North Carolina and South Carolina were second and third, respectively, on the top ten list of states guns used in city crime were traced to in 2011, with 255 guns traced to North Carolina and 251 to South Carolina.

The investigation involved long-term wiretapping supervised by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, but at the heart of it was a single undercover NYPD detective. He met with the now-arrested defendants frequently and purchased hundreds of guns from them, Bloomberg said.

In thanking the many agencies and offices involved in the bust — the Brooklyn and Manhattan District Attorneys, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the NYPD and local law enforcement in South and North Carolina — Bloomberg said New Yorkers owed a special thanks to this undercover officer, though he could not be present at the announcement out of concern for his safety.

“His skill, dedication and bravery once again demonstrates why we call the officers of the NYPD our finest,” Bloomberg said.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.