- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - State authorities say the leader of a major weapons trafficking ring in Newark has pleaded guilty to two counts.

Louis Boggs faces an 18-year state prison term when he’s sentenced Oc. 13.

The 32-year-old Newark man pleaded guilty to Wednesday to charges of gun possession and conspiracy to illegally possess and distribute firearms.

Boggs was among 18 people charged in the case. Authorities say Boggs and his associates used his home and another city residence as bases of operation where they planned their crimes and conducted some gun sales.

The charges came after state police executed search warrants at the two residences in December 2013. That culminated an investigation in which detectives made 22 controlled purchases of guns from alleged ring members.

Among the weapons sold were assault weapons, including eight equipped with illegal large-capacity magazines.

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