Nineteen members of a violent Harlem street gang who called themselves “The Goodfellas” were busted for smuggling guns and stashing them in gutters, mailboxes and under stoops.
A massive undercover operation netted the suspects, some of whom used colorful nicknames like “Mr. Untouchable” or “Too Wild Willie.”
The investigation by the NYPD, FBI and Manhattan district attorney’s office also yielded a cache of weapons, including a Tec-9, a semiautomatic Chinese SKS military rifle and dozens of other guns.
The gang got its weapons from Virginia, which has long been one of the main sources of guns flowing into New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg recently donated $25,000 apiece to six Democratic Virginia state Senate candidates who support strict gun control.
On one occasion, 22-year-old Darnell Wynt, also known as “Bula Bless,” bought 15 illegal guns in Virginia, including the Chinese SKS rifle and the Tec-9. Wynt was nabbed by deputy sheriffs as he attempted to haul them back to Manhattan, prosecutors said.
Source: Matt Deluca, Emily Sher and Christina Boyle for N.Y. Daily News.