Man arrested in Hammonton made 'ghost guns'
MAYS LANDING - A Marlton man was arrested last week and charged with multiple weapons offenses, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gregory Carleton, 56, was arrested in Hammonton on Jan. 17 by 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, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a news release.
After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at Carleton’s residence. He 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 Jan. 18, the 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, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Carleton was then 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, five rifles/shotguns from the house and two handguns from the vehicle, the prosecutor said.
Carleton is accused of manufacturing firearms that did not contain serial numbers, which he referred to as “ghost guns.”
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Anne Crater is representing the state.