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Current, ex-N.Y. police accused of gun trafficking

8 charged with taking cash to drive arms in

From left, US Attorney Preet Bharara, New York City police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Police Department internal affairs chief Charles Campisi detailed gun transport-related charges against eight current and former officers yesterday. From left, US Attorney Preet Bharara, New York City police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Police Department internal affairs chief Charles Campisi detailed gun transport-related charges against eight current and former officers yesterday. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
By Joseph Goldstein and William K. Rashbaum
New York Times / October 26, 2011

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Eight current and former New York police officers were arrested yesterday and charged in federal court with accepting thousands of dollars in cash to drive a caravan of firearms into the state, an act of corruption that brazenly defied the city’s strenuous efforts to get illegal guns off the streets. The officers - five are still on the force, and three are retired - and four other men were accused of transporting M-16 rifles and handguns, as well as what they believed to be stolen merchandise across state lines.

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