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NYPD Busts Georgia-to-Brooklyn Gun Trafficking Ring

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Five people, including a husband-and-wife team, have been arrested and indicted for allegedly smuggling guns from down south and selling them in Brooklyn. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Police say it was a family business, a business that ran illegal guns from Georgia to Brooklyn. The operation was shut down by undercover New York City police officers and the Brooklyn district attorney's office. Police say the ringleader was Michael Quick.

"Investigators discovered that the suspect was working with his wife, two uncles and two associates, all residents of Georgia, to obtain firearms," said Police Commissioner William Bratton.

The buy-and-bust sting was called Operation Lucky Seven. From September of last year up until April, police say they were able to buy 155 guns from Quick at different times in Canarsie after he drove them up I-95 from Georgia. He allegedly collected $126,000 for the handguns and several assault weapons.

"We are going to hold Mr. Quick and his family responsible for dumping these guns on the streets of Brooklyn," said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

In other investigations, police have been able to recover as many guns, but this case does stand out. They say Quick was willing to sell dozens of weapons at one time.

"Michael Quick handed our undercover a large suitcase containing 25 handguns. Our undercover then handed Mr. Quick $20,000, completing the largest single sale of firearms ever conducted in New York City by the NYPD's Firearms Investigation Unit," Bratton said.

Police say they were led to the illegal operation after tips came in from Brooklyn residents about gun dealing in their neighborhood.

The district attorney says community and law enforcement must work together to get guns off the street.

"This year alone, we've had 128 shootings in Brooklyn, and just two weeks ago, a beautiful little 13-year-old boy named Gama Droiville was shot while standing on the street in Brooklyn in broad daylight," Thompson said.

It's an example of a real consequence when a gun ends up in the wrong hands.

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