Rapper’s Music, Online Bragging Leads To Biggest Gun Bust In NYC
While most rappers scream about how "real" they are in music and interviews, Brooklyn rapper Neno Best was really living the life he talked about in his music. And... it led to his downfall... and arrest in NYC.
According to the New York Daily News, the 26-year-old rapper (real name: Mathew Best) posted photos on Instagram of guns and cash... and even filmed a video for Youtube in which he bragged about "packing more guns than the Air Force."
Thanks to his online bragging, he along with 18 others were arrested in one of the largest gun busts in New York City history.
Reports say authorities seized more than 200 guns, including SKS semi-automatic Soviet-era rifles that are capable of shooting through "a project door, through the next door, through a wall, through the next wall into the next apartment," sources told the paper.
"That will go through a car, a cop's armor. That will go through anything we've got."
Best was apparently selling guns out of his studio, and investigators placed wiretaps and surveillance to penetrate the ring... and one undercover agent was able to purchase many of the weapons over the last year.
Earl Campbell (23, of Rock Hill, SC) is accused of selling 90 guns, including two assault rifles, for nearly $75,000, during 24 meetings with the undercover officer beginning in October. And, Walter Walker (29, of Sanford, NC) is accused of selling 116 guns, including five assault weapons and a machine gun, for $82,000 during 19 meetings with the undercover detective over 10 months beginning last September.
The indictment said both men would bring their weapons to New York on buses to Chinatown. They would then sell them.
"Thank God these guns are off the streets," Mayor Bloomberg said at police headquarters during a press conference displaying the arsenal of weapons.
"There is no doubt that the seizure of these guns -- the largest bust in the city's history -- has saved lives," the mayor added. "For that reason, every New Yorker, in every part of our city, owes a debt of thanks to all those involved in this investigation."