- Last Updated: 5:00 PM, July 11, 2012
- Posted: 4:59 PM, July 11, 2012
Investigations by the Manhattan DA's two-year-old Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit have taken more than 400 guns off the street, with 100 additional guns being turned in via buy-back events, Cyrus Vance Jr. announced in touting his office's efforts in the wake of rising gun violence.
Sentences are tough for convicted gunslingers, the DA warned. Albert Striegel, 20, was sentenced today to 9 years prison for driving stolen firearms from Western PA to uptown Manhattan, where he admittedly sold six to undercover detectives.
Striegel's co-defendant, Travis Matthews, 23, will be sentenced Friday for admittedly selling a total of 13 guns to undercovers. The pair burglarized gun owners in and around Ambridge, Pa, prosecutors said, targeting weapons that they would then transport east.
"Those who seek to sell and transport illegal guns into this city from other states need only to look at these two traffickers to know the types of sentences that await them on conviction," Vance said in a written statement.
The Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit investigates violent organized crime, with a focus on gangs that sell drugs and guns. They work with elite units of the NYPD as well as with federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and the city's joint firearms and narcotic task forces.