Authorities seize 254 illegal firearms in largest gun bust in city’s history

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(PIX11) – Mayor Bloomberg and other officials announced the largest seizure of illegal guns in New York City history Monday.

The NYPD’s undercover investigation  found and removed 254 illegal firearms off city streets.

The weapons seized in the investigation include a fully automatic machine gun and handguns.

The investigation resulted in the indictment of 19 individuals involved in gun trafficking from North and South Carolina into New York.

Among the indicted gun runners were two men who regularly smuggled guns in their luggage on discounted Chinatown-bound  buses.

The 19 defendants are being charged with several criminal counts  including criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.

“There is no doubt that the seizure of these guns — the largest bust in the city’s history — has saved lives,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly commended the efforts of the law enforcement for upholding the number one priority — to keep New Yorkers safe.

“Thanks to the undercover officer in this case and the efforts of the NYPD Firearms Investigations Unit and prosecutors, instead of being used in crimes, these guns are now out of commission,” Kelly said.