Local men among 24 indicted in New York-Virginia gun trafficking ring

From left: Dajon Yearty, Dwayne Lamont Rawlings, Jacquan Spencer (Photos: Brooklyn District Attorney's Office)

NEW YORK (AP/WAVY) — Prosecutors say a New York undercover officer bought 217 guns and assault rifles and dismantled a trafficking ring that operated out of Virginia.

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Wednesday said 24 people were arrested. 22 Virginia residents — including two men from Hampton and a man from Newport News — were among those arrested. One suspect was from Brooklyn, and another from the District of Columbia. You can see a full list of the arrests below.

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They are charged in an indictment alleging a conspiracy to bring up to a dozen guns illegally into New York City at a time, sometimes traveling on the bus with the weapons.

Traffickers were heard on wiretaps brazenly bragging about their ability to buy guns for resale.

They used code words like “chopper” and “joint” to peddle the weapons. Ammunition was “food.”

Most illegal guns in New York come from southern states with lax laws. Gonzalez said that must be changed.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told 10 On Your Side, “It is shameful and ridiculous. It is way past time for universal background checks and reinstating the one handgun a month law that we had for 20 years and served Virginia well.”

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Photo courtesy: Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
Photo courtesy: Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

Here’s a list of those arrested:

  • Dajon Yearty, 25, of Newport News, Virginia
  • Dwayne Lamont Rawlings, 30, also known as “Ding Dong,” of Hampton, Virginia
  • Jacquan Spencer, 22, also known as “Madcat,” of Hampton, Virginia
  • Damian King, 27, also known as “Havoc,” of Bristow, Virginia
  • Levar Shelborne, 29, also known as “Wavy Boy,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Antwan Walker, 21, also known as “Twan,” of Highland Springs, Virginia
  • Tevin Richardson, 25, also known as “Stay-lo,” of Washington, D.C.
  • Kenneth Threatts, 21, also known as “Trey,” of North Chesterfield, Virginia
  • Renardo Maye, 20, also known as “Nardo,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Aaron Horowitz, 24, also known as “Gringo,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Aaron Perry, 22, of Brooklyn, New York
  • Cameron Fobbs, 20, also known as “Bam” or “Bambino,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Clifford Perryman, 28, also known as “Nino,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Neftali Ramirez, 25, also known as “Doe Flacko,” of Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Euneece Robinson, 28, of Richmond, Virginia
  • Aaron Seabrook, 22, of Richmond, Virginia
  • Corey Russell, 20, of Richmond, Virginia
  • Naquan Trapp, 20, of Richmond, Virginia
  • Chauncey Walker, 20, of Richmond, Virginia
  • Walter Alston, 29, also known as “380,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Malyk Hawthorne, 21, also known as “Wink,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Michael Vordjorbe, 21, also known as “Stacks,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Antoine Smyre, 28, also known as “Fats Pomc,” of Richmond, Virginia
  • Donald Houston, 27, also known as “Doozie,” of Richmond, Virginia