Four people, including a woman from Irvington, New Jersey, have been arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to illegally transport and sell firearms in NJ.
The suspects include a 28-year-old Irvington woman, a 25-year-old Georgia man, a 33-year-old Georgia man, and a 41-year-old Georgia man.
The four suspects were recently arraigned in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey. They have been charged with federal weapons offenses for allegedly participating in a criminal enterprise to illegally sell firearms in NJ.
According to officials, the male suspects perpetrated the scheme by using “straw purchasers” to purchase the guns. The guns were then shipped from Georgia to New Jersey, where they were resold to individuals who could not necessarily pass criminal background checks.
It has been alleged that the Irvington suspect stored the firearms at her home after they were shipped to NJ.
Federal authorities investigated the alleged gun trafficking operation and eventually executed search warrants at various locations in New Jersey. Police reportedly seized 47 guns, including handguns, assault rifles, and shotguns.
The Irvington NJ suspect faces very serious criminal charges for conspiracy to engage in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing. The other suspects have been charged with unlawfully selling firearms to someone who did not reside in their state of residence.
Additionally, one of the suspects faces criminal charges for a certain persons offense because he was allegedly a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Beyond that, he has been charged with a federal drug offense for allegedly distributing methamphetamine.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “47 Guns Seized, 4 Charged in Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy, Feds Say.”