FBI Task Force Arrests Suspects Accused of Selling Pipe Bombs & Guns in Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City police recently arrested two people on claims that the individuals had been selling improvised explosives in violation of state and federal law, according to a recent news report from ABC 6.
According to a police spokesperson, the Atlantic City police received a tip on October 5 that some people were seeking to sell weapons, bomb supplies, and ammunition. Working with an FBI task force, the police posed as buyers. They allegedly purchased supplies for making pipe bombs, one .30-06 rifle, and over 300 rounds of ammunition. Police then arrested two sellers, an Atlantic City resident and a resident of Margate.
So far, police claim, the investigation has turned up no evidence that the sellers had a political agenda or that they had any intention of using the weapon, ammunition, or bomb-making supplies themselves. Police say it appears that the two simply wanted to make some money by selling the items. Instead, police claimed that their primary concern was that the items might end up in the hands of parties who would use them to cause harm.
Both of the arrested individuals were charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device and unlawful sale of a firearm, as well as other charges.
Even when the police themselves say that they don’t think you intended to cause harm, a weapons charge in New Jersey is extremely serious. Being convicted of unlawful possession or sale of a gun, bomb, or other item may leave you facing years of prison time, supervised release, and other penalties. Conviction of a less serious offense can still leave you facing jail time, probation, and other penalties, as well as the life-altering effects a criminal record can have on your life.
The best response to any criminal charge is to act, not to react. Working with an experienced attorney gains you an ally who will fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen today by calling 856-242-7177 or via our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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