Nineteen people were arrested and 254 guns recovered in what Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are calling the largest gun seizure in New York City history. “There is no doubt that the seizure of these guns has saved lives,” said Bloomberg this morning at the press conference, using the photo op to plug the police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactics. In this case, it wasn’t street stops but buys made by an undercover NYPD officer — 45 over the last year — that led to the 552-count indictment for illegal sales totaling nearly $160,000.
The weapons coming from North and South Carolina to the city included .22-caliber pistols and seven assault weapons, such as a “full automatic Cobray 9mm machine gun with a 30-round high-capacity magazine, three Intertec 9 assault pistols with flash suppressors and high-capacity magazines holding 30 or more rounds, a SCCY Industries 9mm handgun and a Norinco SKS 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifle,” according to the city. The haul looks something like this:
Among the defendants are 26-year-old Brooklyn man and aspiring rapper Matthew Best, who conducted deals at an Oceal Hill recording studio, and Earl Campbell, of South Carolina, who brought guns to the city via Chinatown bus. The full indictment contains some creative nicknames for the accused: