Officials: NJ woman arrested after police seize over 100 stolen guns, ammunition in 'one of the largest weapons seizures' in years
Officials say more than 100 guns that were stolen last week from a freight train were found in a Hudson County storage facility.
The guns and 200 large capacity ammunition magazines were stolen in transit between a Vermont firearm importer and a Louisiana weapons wholesaler, officials say. This is one of the largest weapons seizures in New Jersey in recent years, according to a statement from state Attorney General Matthew Platkin.
Officials say Claudine Kammo, 43, of Union City had access to the storage facility on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen. Kammo is being charged with unlawful possession of the weapons and related offenses, according to officials.
“Each of the handguns seized was accompanied by two large capacity magazines, which are illegal to possess in both states,” Platkin said in a statement.
Officials say the investigation into the stolen cargo began on March 16. New Jersey State Police and New York City Police Department searched the storage unit and recovered 97 Canik TP9 Elite SC 9 mm semi-automatic handguns and 194 LCMs packed in their shipping boxes and loaded in cardboard crates. The remaining handguns and LCMs from the stolen cargo were seized separately.
“There is little doubt that the 100 guns seized in this investigation would be used for violence and intimidation, and they have no place in communities on either side of the Hudson River,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.