BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- A six-month gun trafficking investigation has led to the arrest of three men in Bridgeport, and the seizure of multiple high-powered firearms.
Among the weapons seized were an illegal Street Sweeper; a Cobray 12-gauge shotgun with collapsible stock, front pistol grip, and 20-round drum; and a Romarm AK-47-type assault weapon with 30-round, high-capacity magazine. The magazine was loaded with 22 live 7.62 x 39 rounds, police said.
"These weapons have devastating capability. They posed a risk to our community and our police officers. The rounds in the seized AK-47 would rip though a police officer’s bullet-proof vest," said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. "Imagine what it would do to a group of young people standing on a corner."
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch spoke to the danger that the weapons posed to the community.
"We're very proud of the efforts that we've made to get these dangerous weapons, these cop-killing, innocent-people killing weapons off the streets."
The Mayor went on to say, "It's time that we stand up as a country and say that we want background checks, imagine the damage that these illegal weapons could have done had they been used in the commission of a crime."
The mission of the task force that took the guns off the street is to target violence, gangs, and drugs in Greater Bridgeport.
According to police, so far this year, the task force has seized 45 firearms off the streets of Bridgeport and surrounding towns.
Sergio Paul, 21, of 58 Grey Rock Rd., Trumbull; and 28-year-old Nolan Moore, of 96B Yaremich Dr., Bridgeport were arrested for illegal sale of a Ruger .357 Magnum handgun.
Both were charged with criminal possession of a firearm, illegal transfer of a firearm, conspiracy to illegally sell a firearm, and weapon in a motor vehicle.
Moore was additionally charged with firearms trafficking and a number of other firearms-related charges related to two additional illegal firearms sales, one of which being the Street Sweeper.
Jeremias Serrano, 33, of 230 Mountain Grove, was arrested for the illegal sale of a Romarm AK-47 type assault weapon.
Serrano was charged with sale of an assault weapon, conspiracy to sell an assault weapon, possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, weapon in a motor vehicle, three counts of sale of narcotics, conspiracy to sell narcotics, and sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.
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