Queens gun-trafficking ring facing over 1,600 charges

Members of a gun-trafficking ring in Queens are facing more than 1,600 charges after a major bust by law enforcement.

NYPD officials said the five suspects brought 182 illegal handguns and high-capacity magazines into Queens and the Bronx from the southern United States.

The suspects have been hit with 1,611 charges in the massive indictment. They allegedly used the I-95 highway corridor, known as the iron pipeline, to transport the firearms.

The 11-month-long investigation began when a neighbor tipped off police that they were bringing the weapons into the community.

According to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig, the gun sales were concentrated in specific areas where there have been over 200 shootings. 

Each gun allegedly sold for just over $1,000.