Final alleged Rock Hill gunrunner extradited to New York

adys@heraldonline.comJanuary 22, 2014 

Kendall Jones of Rock Hill


The last Rock Hill defendant arrested in a 2013 sting that netted the largest seizure of illegal weapons in New York City history is being extradited to New York to face five felony indictments, police said.

Kendall Danielle Jones, 23, had been in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jail without bond since her arrest Aug. 5 until an extradition warrant from the governor of New York was served Tuesday.

Jones has fought extradition for months, but she was expected to be arraigned in a Manhattan court on Thursday after being booked into jail in New York, according to prosecutors.

She is accused of selling several guns, including an assault rifle that she allegedly tried to assemble by watching a cellphone video during the sale.

Jones and seven others from Rock Hill were among 19 people charged in the scheme in which police say they moved guns by bus from South Carolina and North Carolina to New York. Police informants and undercover officers infiltrated the plot that began in 2012, and made arrests from New York to South Carolina in early August after more than 550 indictments were handed down by a New York grand jury.

Earl Campbell, 24, of Rock Hill – the accused plot ringleader and Jones’ boyfriend – has been held in New York without bond for months on more than 230 felony charges. He is accused of selling 90 guns in two dozen trips to New York. Several others from Rock Hill accused of roles in the gunrunning are in jail on bonds ranging up to $1 million.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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