Feds Charge 3 With Gun Trafficking In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Three folks from the south have been federally charged with trafficking weapons into Philadelphia, authorities stated.

United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero stated Najee Cunningham, 31, and James Cunningham, 27, each of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Rickia Adams, 24, of Marion, South Carolina, had been charged with a number of firearms offenses in reference to a scheme to illegally visitors weapons throughout state traces from the southern United States into Philadelphia.

Specifically, all three defendants had been charged with conspiracy to deal firearms with no license and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Federal authorities referred to as the trafficking sample the “iron pipeline.”

Beginning in 2021, ATF Special Agents recognized a number of firearms recovered Philadelphia, many related to shootings, homicides, and unlawful gun possession circumstances, that had been bought by the identical people in Ohio, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

The brief timeframe between the acquisition of the firearm and recovery in Philadelphia — generally known as the “time to crime” interval — indicated that the weapons might have been trafficked into the town.

In this case, the shortest “time to crime” alleged within the indictment filed towards them is simply at some point from the date of buy in one other state to the recovery of the firearm in Philadelphia, in reference to against the law.

The indictment additionally alleges that the defendants bought greater than 50 firearms over the course of a year and transported them to Philadelphia on the market on the black market.

To date, at the very least 25 of these firearms have been recovered within the higher Philadelphia space.

“Stopping the gun violence ravaging our city and supporting the work of the Philadelphia Police Department is a top priority for our Office,” stated U.S. Attorney Romero. “Earlier this year, the Justice Department announced strategies to fight violent crime, including cracking down on firearms trafficking and the ‘iron pipeline’ – the illegal flow of guns sold in mostly southern states, transported up the East Coast, and found at crime scenes in northeastern cities like ours. This Indictment, one of several announced just this year, shows that we are committed and determined to focus our resources on this problem.”

If convicted, the defendants face a most doable sentence of 10 years in jail.

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