Daily Journal masthead

Leader of Georgia-to-New York gun ring, who sold to undercover, sentenced to 18 years

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

NEW YORK — The leader of an illegal Georgia-to-New York gun ring, who in seven months sold 151 weapons to an undercover officer on a Brooklyn street corner, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in state prison.

In all, Michael Quick, of LaGrange, Georgia, sold $126,000 worth of weapons — such as an AR-15 assault rifle and semiautomatic pistols, officials said. In one instance, he sold 25 firearms packed in a suitcase for $20,000, representing the biggest single illegal buy in the New York Police Department's history, officials said.

"This harsh prison sentence reflects our determination to bring to justice out-of-state firearms traffickers who use lax gun laws down south to flood our city with guns," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.

Four others charged in the conspiracy, including Quick's wife and other family members, have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. A sixth defendant's case is pending.

An attorney for Quick, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to weapons charges, didn't return messages Thursday.

Quick traveled 13 times by car up the I-95 corridor between September 2013 and April 2014 to sell handguns and other weapons either stolen or bought in Georgia stores to an undercover NYPD officer on a street corner in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood, Thompson said.

The business was lucrative.

Quick marked up the price of handguns five-fold, selling a $200 9-mm bought in Georgia for $1,000 to the undercover in Brooklyn, Thompson said. And the average price of a handgun was $800, police officials said in announcing Quick's arrest last April.

The investigation was prompted by a tip from community members in Brooklyn, police have said.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.