A pair of gunrunners smuggled firearms into New York City by hiding them in luggage they carried on discount buses offering cheap fares and lesser odds of getting caught, authorities said today.
The men were captured in a police sting that netted 254 weapons in 45 transactions since last year – the largest total from a gun case in recent memory.
The alleged smugglers, Walter Walker and Earl Campbell, were among 19 people arrested in New York, North Carolina and South Carolina as the result of a 10-month investigation.
Also charged was an operator of a Brooklyn music recording studio where authorities said some of the deals took place.
“Today we have charged criminal opportunists who sought to take advantage of the nation’s patchwork of conflicting gun regulation to line their own pockets and promote mayhem in New York City,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.
Read more at CBS NY.