A man who led a network that smuggled guns from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the New Jersey capital has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Trayle Beasley, 30, of Trenton pleaded guilty in April to being a leader of a firearms trafficking network. He was sentenced Tuesday.
Beasley admitted he arranged to smuggle approximately 50 guns into New Jersey. The state Attorney General's Office said he resold them to drug dealers and gang members.
Prosecutors said guns linked to Beasley have been used in at least two homicides in Trenton, including the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl at a block party in June 2009.
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Criminal Justice Director Stephen Taylor said Monday that 75 percent of crime guns in New Jersey come from out of state. Virginia is the second biggest source, behind Pennsylvania.