Gun Trafficking

Gun Traffickers Use Chinatown Buses to Move Weapons

October 14, 2015 – Authorities say that Michael Bassier, an illegal gun trafficker, used inexpensive buses in Chinatown to transport over 100 weapons.

Undercover NYPD officers purchased the guns for $130,000. The guns included assault rifles, 9mm Ruger and Glock pistols, .22 caliber Walther pistols, and MP Uzis.

Bassier has been charged on multiple counts and could serve up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Landmark Status

Chinatown and East Village Buildings Up for Landmark Status

October 13, 2015 – Two Federal-style buildings, one at 2 Oliver Street and one at 138 Second Avenue, will be considered for Historic Landmark status.

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, which meets on November 5, will consider both properties.

Van Drivers ‘Harassed’

Chinatown Van Drivers Claim Harassment by NYPD Police

October 11, 2015 – Chinatown commute van drivers claim they are harassed by law enforcement agencies. The commuters vans pick up passengers at several places in Chinatown, including the corner of Elizabeth and Hester streets.

The vans are frequently ticketed by the NYPD for things like illegal pick-up — even though they have a “convenience permit” from the Department of Transportation to pick up there. The drivers are licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The NYPD’s public information office did not provide a response to an inquiry about the issue.