Indictment Provides Glimpse Into Carolinas-to-NYC Iron Pipeline of Guns


A Rock Hill, S.C., man at the center of a sweeping investigation into illegal gun trafficking from the Carolinas to New York had his bond raised to $1 million yesterday and is fighting extradition, says the Charlotte Observer. Earl Campbell, 23, faces hundreds of charges ranging from conspiracy to criminal sale and possession of firearms. An indictment says Campbell sold 90 weapons, including assault weapons, rifles, and shotguns, in 24 meetings with New York undercover officers. His sales in Manhattan were close to where a bus from Charlotte would stop. Campbell would use the bus to transport weapons and got $75,000 for the guns, investigators say. The 264-page indictment offers a detailed look at the “Iron Pipeline,” the flow of thousands of guns into New York City, mostly from the South. A study by the New York Police Department and mayor's office says the Carolinas are near the top of the list in supplying weapons used to commit crimes in New York City.

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