A Marlton man has been arrested and charged with multiple weapons charges, following a multi-agency distribution of firearms investigation, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
According to authorities, on Jan. 17th , members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and Hammonton Police Department, arrested Gregory Carleton, 56, in Hammonton.
After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at Carleton’s residence coordinated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office – Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Hammonton Police Department, and Evesham Township Police Department in Marlton.
Authorities charged Carleton with the following offenses:
* Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun without a Permit
* Fourth degree – Unlawful Manufacture of a Gun or Other Weapon
* Fourth degree – Unlawful Sale of a Gun or Other Weapon
Hon. Jeffrey Waldman issued a search warrant for Carleton’s Mercedes-Benz. Detectives from the ACPO Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit recovered two additional handguns in the vehicle.
Carleton was charged with four additional counts:
* Second degree, 2 counts, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun without a Permit
* Fourth degree, 2 counts, Unlawful Manufacture of a Gun or Other Weapon
In total 30 guns were recovered including: 23 handguns, 5 rifles/shotguns from the house and 2 handguns from the vehicle. In addition, there was equipment, devices, tools, mechanisms, including undocumented handgun and rifle uppers and lowers, frames, bolts, and receivers that Carleton was utilizing to make complete and operable firearms.
The investigation revealed that Carleton was manufacturing firearms that did not contain serial numbers, which he referred to as “ghost guns”.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.