A single New York City undercover police officer took 153 illegal guns off Brooklyn streets in a risky yearlong probe that also busted a brigade of dealers, reports the New York Daily News. The unidentified cop was praised by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. During “Operation Phoenix,” the officer broke up a virtual pipeline of arms into Brooklyn – completing 105 transactions at an average cost of $900 each.
Two of those guns were linked to murders. Seventeen people were arrested in the investigation. The majority of seized weapons were reported stolen from the same places, states known as “hot spots” for illicit guns, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North and South Carolina.