Some law enforcement officials refer to part of Interstate 95 that runs between New York and some southern states as an Iron Pipeline. It gets this name because gun sellers supposedly use the highway to transport weapons from the South to sell in New York City and other northern cities. Many southern states have weaker gun laws that make the weapons accessible and profitable for unlicensed sellers, according to Richard A. Brown, the Queens District Attorney. Two men were recently arrested for the sale of illegal weapons as part of an investigation of the Iron Pipeline.
A 33-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested for trafficking weapons after allegedly selling them to undercover agents from Feb. 2016 to March 2017. There were sales of 13 weapons that allegedly took place at a Home Depot near the Aqueduct Racetrack. The Queens District Attorney's Narcotics Investigation Bureau and the NYPD Firearms Suppression Section worked together to make the arrests.
Officials state that one of the men supposedly communicated with the undercover officers via phone and text messages to arrange the sales. Police report that he would apparently arrive in a rented vehicle, deliver the weapons to the buyer, receive payment for the weapons, then leave. Prosecutors provided supposed details of various transactions. The arrests were made once the men were found in a vehicle after having reportedly arranged a sale of five weapons.
The men were charged with criminal sale of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. They also face charges of unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition as well as a violation of the NYC Administrative Code pertaining to firearms. They face 15 to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Being charged with the sale of illegal weapons is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Someone facing that charge has a right to a rigorous defense. A New York criminal defense attorney will work with clients to evaluate any evidence, then develop the strongest case possible. An experienced defense team will work toward achieving the best results in the proceedings that will minimize the negative impact on someone's life.
Source: qns.com, "Two arrested for selling smuggled guns out of a Queens Home Depot parking lot", Robert Pozarycki, Aug. 1, 2017