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NYC authorities: Men smuggled in guns on buses

August 19, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two men smuggled guns into New York City by stashing weapons in their luggage on discount buses.

The two are among 19 people whose arrests were announced Monday.

The case involved 254 guns purchased by an undercover officer in dozens of transactions since last year.

Both defendants would travel to the city carrying a dozen or more handguns, rifles and shotguns in bags that were stowed in luggage compartments of Chinatown-based carriers that are also favored by drug couriers. The buses do not require identification for boarding.

Investigators say once the men arrived in New York City, a middleman brokered sales for guns at three times their original value.

New York state has some of country’s strictest gun laws.

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