Eight current and former NYPD officers have been arrested on federal gun trafficking charges as reported by William K. Rashbaum for The New York Times:
The charges allege that the officers — five are still on the force and three are retired — were involved in smuggling more than a dozen illegal handguns as well as M-16 rifles and shotguns, the people briefed on the case said. * * * The case includes allegations that some of the serial numbers of the weapons were defaced in an apparent effort to prevent them from being traced back to their source, suggesting that they were to be used in a crime, one of the people said.
Some of the defendants further have been charged with "illegally transporting other goods, including cigarettes and slot machines" as reported by NBC New York.
It's been a rough month for the NYPD.
Earlier this month a former detective testified at the corruption trial of a fellow officer that "it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas" in the Brooklyn South and Queens narcotic squads as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News, and a Bronx grand jury indicted seventeen cops for their alleged roles in a wide-spread ticket-fixing ring within as reported by Erin Einhorn and Rocco Parascandola for the Daily News.