- Associated Press - Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Police have arrested 17 people in connection with an alleged counterfeiting ring that allegedly manufactured and sold fraudulent credit cards in New York City.

Queens prosecutors say Thursday 15 people have been taken into custody and two are still being sought.

They allege the group used stolen debit and credit card information to encode blank cards. The group then allegedly sent shoppers to stores in Queens, Long Island and Rockland County.

The suspects face larceny, possession of a forged instrument and other charges.

The NYPD says officers recovered a loaded handgun, two boxes of ammunition, credit card skimmers and 41 marijuana plants when they raided a Queens home on Wednesday. More than $11,000 was also seized.

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