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- Two New Yorkers and a South Carolina man were charged with a 438-count indictment in connection with a gun-smuggling operation that shipped ghost guns from various online retailers to New York and Pennsylvania, prosecutors said. Letitia James. and the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force jointly announced on Thursday.
- The indictment alleges the trafficking of several ghost weapons, weapons without serial numbers or any other identifying markers, including assault weapons, machine guns and semi-automatic pistols, according to James’ office.
- Thursday’s shooting followed a six-month joint investigation between the Attorney General’s Office of the Organized Crime Task Force and the New York Drug Task Force.
NEW YORK — Two New Yorkers and a South Carolina man have been charged in a 438-count indictment in connection with a gun smuggling operation that shipped ghost guns from various online retailers to New York and Pennsylvania. Attorney General Letitia James said. and the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force jointly announced on Thursday.
The indictment alleges the trafficking of several ghost weapons, weapons without serial numbers or any other identifying markers, including assault weapons, machine guns and semi-automatic pistols, according to James’ office. Rapid-fire modification devices, silencers, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also sold in the arms smuggling operation. Overall, the investigation resulted in the recovery of 57 firearms, 51 of which were ghost guns, James’ office said.
“I will not allow ghost guns, assault rifles or other weapons of war to fill our streets,” James said in a statement. “Giving criminals easy access to illegal and untraceable weapons is a danger to all New Yorkers and a threat that my office will not tolerate. High-capacity ammunition magazines and rapid-fire mod devices can easily turn firearms into machines of mass murder. I thank our law enforcement partners for their support and coordination as we work to protect the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers.”
Thursday’s evictions followed a six-month joint investigation between the Office of the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York Police Department, the New York State Drug Task Force made up of department officers, according to prosecutors. Police, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The months-long investigation reportedly involved hundreds of hours of physical and covert surveillance, court-sanctioned wiretaps of multiple target phones, and undercover operations.
The investigation allegedly revealed that two men ordered Ghost gun parts from out-of-state online firearms retailers and shipped them to an address in Pennsylvania. One of them smuggled the pieces to New York in order to collect and sell them.
OCTF and its associates executed search warrants at the residences of the two defendants, both in Suffolk County, as well as one of their workplaces in Queens County. During the search warrant on Thursday, 3 polymer 80 9mm Ghost pistols were recovered, including 1 equipped with a rapid-fire modification device, several high-capacity magazines, including those for an AR-15 assault rifle, silencers, firearms parts, including Huh. Prosecutors said that AR-15 and 9mm “lower receivers” and “upper receivers”, threaded barrels, drill kits, 80 and AR-15 polymer “molds”, assembly tools, pistol templates and additional ammunition.
The three defendants were charged with criminal sale of firearms, criminal sale of a phantom weapon, criminal possession of a weapon, and various counts of conspiracy for their involvement in an illegal arms trafficking operation.
The investigation resulted in the recovery of the following firearms and ammunition from the possession of three individuals:
- 57 firearms, of which 51 were ghost pistols
- 38 9mm semi-automatic pistol
- nine semi-automatic 5.56-millimeter AR-15-style assault weapons
- two .40 caliber semi-automatic pistols
- A .45 caliber revolver
- Eighteen firearms equipped with rapid-fire modification devices, making them fully automatic machine guns
- Thirty-six high-capacity ammunition feeding devices including 100-round drum magazine
- three silencers
- over 800 ammunition
“Today’s allegations show that some criminals believe they can operate clearly: The NYPD and our law enforcement partners are here to destroy that notion,” NYPD Commissioner, Keith L. . Sewell said. “I congratulate and thank everyone involved in this very important joint investigation. And I assure New Yorkers that our joint efforts will remain focused on holding the illegal gun sellers fully accountable on our streets.”