NEW YORK -- Nearly 20 people were arrested in connection to gun trafficking from both North and South Carolina to New York City.
The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) filed a 552-count indictment on 208 guns, ranging from pistols to assault weapons, sold for about $160,000 in the past year. Charges filed against 19 people include Conspiracy, Criminal Sale of a Firearm and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Among the 19 facing charges, seven are from North Carolina; eight from South Carolina; and four from New York.
Walter Walker, of Sanford, N.C., and Earl Campbell, of Rock Hill, S.C., were arrested for transporting the firearms to New York City.
Authorities said these two men operated independently from one another, but they had similar connections.
The investigation alleges Walker and Campbell made multiple trips to New York City between September 2012 and July 2013. The men carried as many as 14 illegal guns in luggage, typically traveling on bus lines around Chinatown in Manhattan, according to the SNP report.
The SNP said the illegal gun sales were profitable because of New York's tough gun laws.
Read: Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Report on Illegal Guns From NC, SC