5 Charged In Bronx Gun, Drug Trafficking Ring Bust

Mack Rosenberg
February 13, 2020 - 5:57 pm
Operation Iron Empire

Attorney General Letitia James Office

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Five men have been arrested in a gun and drug trafficking takedown in the Bronx.

According to WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg, officers went undercover during “Operation Iron Empire” to buy 16 illegal guns.

While undercover, officers purchased semi-automatic pistols and rifles for about $1000 each between June and November of 2019.

Authorities say 27-year-old Michael Alsina was the middle man between the officers and those who gave him the guns, one of them being his brother Luis.

“He orchestrated the sale of firearms and ammunition to our agents on 10 separate occasions,” Attorney General Letitia James said.

She notes drugs were also involved and the brothers have been charged with selling 250 grams of heroin.

Officers were also about to uncover 11 ammunition feeding devices – which have been used in the ten deadliest mass shootings in recent history.

“Once attached to certain types of guns, these devices enable those guns to shoot at a much faster rate without users needing to stop to reload,” James explains.

James said some of the guns came from New Jersey, a state she says has much weaker gun laws than New York.