Authorities traced guns seized from Caban back to Columbus, Ohio, where they discovered Chucky Scott, 25, who was leading the illegal weapons deal. Scott would text photos of available weapons for purchase to his middlemen in Camden who would place orders, authorities sais.

Anthony Hammond, 26, of Columbus, Ohio — who had no criminal record — would purchase guns legally at gun stores and online, then transport them to Camden, Eli Honig, director of New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice said.

Scott and Hammond would drive the guns from Columbus to Camden where five men – Caban; Eric Moore, 47 of Camden; Tymere Jennings, 35, of Marlton; James Folk, also known as Abraheem Abdullah, 33, of Camden; and Darren Harville, 51 of Camden – would market and sell the weapons to criminals for a high mark-up, Honig said.

Honig estimated that some weapons were sold for up to $2,000 in cash.

“Once discovering Caban’s involvement, our goal was to identify and cut off a major supply line of illegal weapons into Camden,” Honig said.

Ten weapons were seized directly from Caban, while seven others were traced back to Ohio over the course of the investigation.

Scott and Caban were arrested charged late last year, while Hammond, Moore, Jennings, Folk and Harville were arrested on warrants after the indictment was returned last week.

The Attorney General’s office has charged all seven defendants with first-degree racketeering, second-degree conspiracy and transporting firearms into the state for illegal sale.

Scott has also been charged with first-degree leader of a firearms trafficking network and promoting organized street crime.

Grewal noted Ohio’s more lenient gun purchasing laws as one of the prime reasons the gun trafficking ring was able to successfully operate for more than a year.

“We are doing our part in trying to make it more difficult to purchase guns,” he said. “The fear of guns and fear of gunfire never really goes away.”

Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson echoed the Attorney General’s concerns.

“In some states folks are just allowed to carry, despite whatever background they may have,” Thomson said. “We know what’s good for us in New Jersey. I won’t propose that what works in Florida works well here. But our law works well for us here.”

While the judicial process will move forward with the seven arrested for this gun trafficking ring, the Attorney General said he can predicts similar arrests will take place in the future.

“Each gun taken off the street is a life or multiple lives saved in the process,” Grewal said.

Scott and Caban have been detained in New Jersey without bail since late last year, while Hammond, More, Jennings, Folk and Harville will appear in court in the upcoming days, where the state will move to detain them without bail until their trials.

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Along with handguns, the suspects arranged for the import of two AK-47s assault rifle and one AR-15 assault rifle, authorities allege

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New Jersey law enforcement agencies on Wednesday announced the arrests of seven members of a cross-state gun ring that was purchasing weapons in Ohio and driving them to Camden.

Many of the weapons seized by investigators were tied to violent crimes that occurred in Camden in the last few years, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a press conference at the Camden County Metro Police Department.

Grewal said 17 weapons were discovered to be transported from Columbus, Ohio to Camden between April 2016 and July 2017, including 14 handguns, two AK-47s assault rifles and an AR-15 assault rifle.

New Jersey law enforcement agencies discovered the gun trail while investigating Eduardo Caban, 40, of Camden for heroin distribution. During the investigation, authorities found that he was also marketing and selling illegal weapons around the city.

Authorities traced guns seized from Caban back to Columbus, Ohio, where they discovered Chucky Scott, 25, who was leading the illegal weapons deal. Scott would text photos of available weapons for purchase to his middlemen in Camden who would place orders, authorities sais.

Anthony Hammond, 26, of Columbus, Ohio — who had no criminal record — would purchase guns legally at gun stores and online, then transport them to Camden, Eli Honig, director of New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice said.

Scott and Hammond would drive the guns from Columbus to Camden where five men – Caban; Eric Moore, 47 of Camden; Tymere Jennings, 35, of Marlton; James Folk, also known as Abraheem Abdullah, 33, of Camden; and Darren Harville, 51 of Camden – would market and sell the weapons to criminals for a high mark-up, Honig said.

Honig estimated that some weapons were sold for up to $2,000 in cash.

“Once discovering Caban’s involvement, our goal was to identify and cut off a major supply line of illegal weapons into Camden,” Honig said.

Ten weapons were seized directly from Caban, while seven others were traced back to Ohio over the course of the investigation.

Scott and Caban were arrested charged late last year, while Hammond, Moore, Jennings, Folk and Harville were arrested on warrants after the indictment was returned last week.

The Attorney General’s office has charged all seven defendants with first-degree racketeering, second-degree conspiracy and transporting firearms into the state for illegal sale.

Scott has also been charged with first-degree leader of a …read more

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