MAYS LANDING- 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.
On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 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, NJ.
Carleton was charged 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
On January 18, 2018, 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”.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Anne Crater represents the State.
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. ***
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.