New York has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws and aspiring Brooklyn rapper, Matthew “Neno” Best, will feel the sting of these laws after tipping off the New York City Police Department off to biggest gun bust in city history.
Best regularly posted photos and video of guns and wads of cash online through his Instagram account even boasting that he had more guns than the Air Force. Best, even went as far to disclose that he was selling weapons out of his Ocean Hill recording studio.
Investigations sparked by the posts led police to a multi-state gun trafficking ring that 254 firearms and 19 indictments.
Initially, the photos Best posted led the department to investigate drug charges, but it was a wiretap, that led investigators to Walter Walker and Earl Campbell, of Sanford, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina, who were supplying guns separately using the same middleman in NYC.
The NYPD sent undercover officers to purchase weapons who would choose their guns from pictures taken and sent by Walker and Campbell, who would then transport the guns into the city using cheap Chinatown buses to avoid having their bags checked by security or having to provide identification for boarding.
Authorities using social media in criminal investigations has been a hot topic increasingly people are indicting themselves on social media. Police departments all over the world are beginning to use the Internet to their advantage in solving crimes. According to a report at digitaltrends.com, Facebook is the most fertile sources criminal evidence, as social media users have become encompassed in rampant over sharing, often leaving digital bread trails for authorities.