- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The leader of a major weapons trafficking ring in Newark has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Louis Boggs was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty in August 2015 to gun charges.

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.

Boggs was among 18 people charged in the case. The charges came after 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.

Co-defendant Joseph Maisonet was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to a second-degree gun charge.

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