While some people may be fed up with sending mail the old fashioned way, two men had no problem sending illegal guns through the U.S. Postal Service.
Fourteen of 49 guns that were seized by the New York Police Department were transported via mail, the New York Daily News reports. Eleven of those guns were reported stolen and originate from or near Mason, GA. The state is one of the top five where illegal guns used in city crimes come from.
Walter Dandridge, 35 and Mark Winston, 39, were indicted on weapon charges for selling guns to an undercover city cop after an 18 month long investigation, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
“Once again, an NYPD undercover has performed intensive and dangerous work to root out the source of illegal guns coming into New York,” Kelly said.
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Dandridge was charged with 53 felony counts while Winston was charged with 44 felony counts and is awaiting extraction to New York, authorities said.
Winston, from the Bronx, is said to be the ring leader behind , the operation. Winston first used Dandridge , from Georgia, as the middleman for the mail sales, having Dandridge wire cash payments to Winston through Western Union. But in September 2012, Winston decided to go it alone and sell the guns directly to the undercover cop.
“He didn’t typically deliver the guns himself,” Kelly said. “He infiltrated the iron pipeline through another older, but less conventional method: the U.S. mail.”
In December 2011, police discovered that guns were being sold at a building at E. 137th St and Fifth Ave. One undercover cop was sent in to find the source.
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Winston sent the guns via express mail and provided the tracking number to the undercover cop, the mailed guns were not loaded, and the two men had no other customers during the 18 month operation.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said it looks like the defendants “may be spending a large part of the rest of their lives in prison.”
Eleven of the guns were reported stolen and the majority was from or near Macon, GA. The state is one of the top five where illegal guns come from.
Source: NY Daily News