33 Arrested in Gun Trafficking Ring Operating Inside Food Truck

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It wasn't that long ago when food trucks weren't really a thing throughout most of the country, but when they caught on, they caught on. And why wouldn't they? They offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to serve food with less start-up cost than a traditional restaurant, plus they can go wherever they need to go to maximize customers.


I've known a few people who have run food trucks over the years, and I'm not going to lie, part of me would love to give it a go myself.

But I'm pretty sure I would stick to food. One New York state food truck didn't, and now 33 people have been arrested for gun trafficking.

Thirty-three people were charged with participating in a guns and drugs trafficking ring based out of a food truck that for years was parked just outside the city courthouse in Newburgh, officials said.

Law enforcement announced the charges Wednesday, eight days after hundreds of agents conducted the sweep in multiple areas across Newburgh, attracting widespread attention. Orange County authorities refused to share details of the operation last week, but at a Wednesday news conference they announced 30 people were arrested that day — three participants remain at large — and 11 kilograms of cocaine, 90 grams of fentanyl, seven firearms, approximately $45,000 in cash and 11 vehicles, including the food truck, were seized.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County district attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the operation May 21, which followed a six-month investigation that involved wiretaps, undercover officers and search warrants. Police previously seized 24 additional firearms and another kilogram of cocaine during the investigation, which they named Operation Hot Lunch.

The target of law enforcement’s focus was Real Spice, a food truck that sold Jamaican cuisine and, allegedly, narcotics and firearms from a parking lot across the street from the city courthouse on Broadway. Its owner and operator is Kirkland Salmon. He faces multiple charges that carry up to a 25-year sentence.


So it seems the ATF actually can go after actual gun traffickers and not just harass lawful gun dealers. I'm shocked.

I have to start off by saying that this is an unusual case since most people don't associate food trucks with black market gun sales, but it also kind of makes sense. Food trucks are common enough now that most people aren't going to give them too much scrutiny beyond cleanliness.

So could imagine that selling guns out of the truck isn't likely to raise a lot of eyebrows unless people get stupid.

Unfortunately for Salmon, it seems that wasn't necessarily the case.

Yet I can't help but think about how this is in New York state. This is the second gun arrest I've touched on today out of that state, a state with extensive gun control laws on the books. If gun control works as some claim, wouldn't these arrests have never happened because the bad guys wouldn't have been able to get guns in the first place?

Or maybe the truth is that criminals are always going to find a way to get guns, so all gun control does is inhibit the ability of lawful citizens to exercise their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.


We all know which it is.

I think officials in New York know too.

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