Chinatown Buses at Center of ‘Biggest’ Gun Raid in NYC History

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 at 11:16 am by

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As you may have heard, 19 people were arrested and 254 weapons were confiscated yesterday in what law enforcement officials are calling biggest gun raid in New York City history. Apparently most of the trafficking to the city comes by way of inexpensive Chinatown buses that run between NYC and Virgina, North Carlolina and South Carolina.

During a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly attributed the seizure to the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy, because of a convo picked up by the Manhattan DA’s wiretaps. One of the men who allegedly transported firearms from South Carolina by Chinatown bus refused to leave the bus stop at Grand and Chrystie Streets for fear of being stopped by police.

I can’t leave until you come cause I can’t take them…to my house, to my side of town cause I’m umm, I’m in Brownsville. So we got like, we got like umm, uh, whatchamacalit, stop and frisk.

More detail on the investigation and individuals involved can be found here. Really puts a new spin on that Lumineers’ song.

[via Gothamist]

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