Twenty-four people have been charged with bringing more than 200 guns to sell in New York City. The guns were purchased in Virginia and transported to New York via the Iron Pipeline, a stretch of I-95 that is a known gun trafficking route. Police say tens of thousands of guns are legally purchased in the South and brought north to be illegally sold in New York.
Many of those guns have been connected to violent crimes, including the 2015 shooting deaths of two New York City police officers in separate incidents. In this latest arrest, the police put a wiretap on the phones of the suspects, many of who belonged to the Bloods Gang. In these calls the gang members were heard bragging about how easy it was to legally purchase guns in Virginia where gun laws are lax.
Twenty-two of the defendants are from Virginia. Of the 217 guns recovered, 41 were assault weapons. In New York, the group sold handguns for $1200 and assault weapons for $2200.