Police Charge 5 With Gun Smuggling
NEW YORK (AP) _ Police charged five people from Virginia Wednesday with operating a gunrunning ring that smuggled more than 100 weapons into New York City.
The defendants allegedly smuggled unregistered handguns ranging from .38-caliber ``Saturday Night Specials″ to Tech 22 assault weapons. Officers posing as buyers spent $83,150 on 107 guns and 1,100 rounds of ammunition.
Three men and one woman were arrested Tuesday while delivering three 9 mm semiautomatic pistols to a motel parking lot, authorities said. A fifth defendant was in custody in Virginia.
Police said the guns were bought by the defendants’ relatives and friends in Virginia, where it is legal to buy one firearm a month or up to 12 per year.
Two defendants _ Shawn Pettaway, 30, of Hampton, Va. and Phenroy Lafayette Day, of Newport News, Va. _ were held without bail on charges of possessing, transporting and selling weapons. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison on each count.
A call to an attorney for Pettaway and Day was not immediately returned.