New Jersey and Pennsylvania cops dismantle gun ring

Officials announced the takedown of a major Philadelphia-based gun trafficking ring that allegedly sold the weapon used in the deadly shooting of a 2-year-old girl. (NBC Philadelphia)

Officials announced the takedown of a major Philadelphia-based gun trafficking ring that allegedly sold the weapon used in the deadly shooting of a 2-year-old girl. (NBC Philadelphia)

Officials said they dismantled a Philadelphia-based gun ring that peddled weapons and drugs in Camden.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced officers recovered 36 guns and 20 ounces of methamphetamine between March 2019 and January as part of an initiative named “Operation Zombie.” .

A semiautomatic rifle allegedly sold by the ring was used in the October 2019 slaying of Nikolette Rivera, 2, in Philadelphia , authorities said.

“Four out of five crime guns in New Jersey originate in states with weaker gun laws, with the largest number coming from Pennsylvania, and we’re going to keep working together to arrest the traffickers who put our residents and our law enforcement officers at risk,” Grewal said.

The attorney generals announced the collaboration between the two states would continue as law enforcement works to get firearms out of the hands of criminals.

“Law enforcement collaboration was the key to this successful operation,” said Shapiro. ”Thanks to our new partnership, we will more effectively shut down crime gun pipelines and get firearms out of the hands of criminals who want to do harm.”

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