Suspect Pleads Guilty in Gun Running Operation That Used Chinatown Buses
Kendall Danielle Jones, one of 19 people arrested in the largest gun bust in New York City history, has pleaded guilty to three felony charges and will be going to prison for four years.
Last summer, authorities announced the results of a year-long undercover investigation, which found that two loosely associated groups had smuggled hundreds of guns from North and South Carolina, often transporting them in intercity buses. More details from the Charlotte Observer:
Taylor Vogt, spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Corrections, said Jones pleaded guilty to avoid facing trial on more charges for which she faced as many as 20 years in prison. In one of the alleged gun sales, Jones consulted a video on her cellphone as she tried to assemble an assault rifle at 8:10 a.m. at the busy corner of Grand and Chrystie streets near Chinatown in New York City, as thousands of commuters walked by on their way to their jobs. It is unclear what role, if any, Jones will play in the prosecution of the seven other defendants from Rock Hill… Since the arrests last summer, York County has not seen major gun arrests or other ongoing plots, officials with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit said. The pipeline of guns and ammunition from South Carolina, which has more lax gun laws than New York, seemed to end with the arrests in Rock Hill… Jones took several trips to New York aboard a bus to Chinatown with her boyfriend, Earl Campbell, 24, of Rock Hill. Campbell is the alleged mastermind of the plot… Campbell, who remains jailed in New York, faces more than 200 felony counts that could result in a life prison term upon conviction. He has rejected an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence, court records show, and he is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.