Illegal guns seized on Long Island

March 8, 2010 2:53:06 PM PST
Police on Long Island have seized a stash of illegal weapons, including several semi-automatic handguns - fully loaded - sold to undercover detectives. Surveillance video shows a sting operation in process.

Undercover officers are seen purchasing dangerous and illegal weapons from what prosecutors describe as a gun trafficking ring.

"This was a major operation. This is was sold to us, and as soon as we possibly could we shut it down," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

The video is the culmination of an 8-month investigation. It's an ongoing, federally-funded effort to get dangerous guns off the streets. Investigators will inevitably track the guns to violent crimes.

One has already been linked to the shooting in Bellport. Last summer a stray bullet flew into the window of home belonging to Rodney Singleton's father.

Five suspects are in custody. Prosecutors say 24 year old Darren Scales was already under arrest. Scales is also the accused ringleader of the so-called Rim Reapers, a gang of high end tire thieves.

Investigators told us that illegal guns have become a huge problem on the streets, even more trouble than crack cocaine.

All five suspects are charged with criminal sale of a firearm.