Instagrammer tips off NYPD to largest ever gun bust, signaling trend towards digital policing

The largest gun bust in the history of New York City was set in motion in part by a few pictures on Instagram.

The New York Police Department announced Monday the seizure of 254 guns as part of an illegal gun smuggling ring that transported weapons to the city from North and South Carolina. In total, 19 suspects have been indicted on 552 total counts of conspiracy, criminal sale of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon charges as the result of a 10-month investigation that moved in focus from narcotics to weapons when investigators came across Instagram photos showing handguns and wads of cash.