Eight New York police officers arrested in gun smuggling ring

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 3:44 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight New York City police officers were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion they helped run a gun-smuggling ring in the city.

The U.S. Attorney's office confirmed the Tuesday morning arrests, saying the cops also helped smuggle other items such as cigarettes and slot machines.

Altogether, 12 people were expected to be charged in connection with the illicit operation.

The New York City police department and one of its employee unions declined to comment on the charges, which were expected to be unveiled by the U.S. Attorney's office later Tuesday.

Of the eight officers charged in the federal crime, five are active duty officers and three are retired, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)