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US Customs Officer Charged with Gun Crime in Hardyston, New Jersey

Hardyston NJ Gun Crime LawyersAn officer with US Customs and Border Protection could be headed to trial on very serious gun crime charges after a Sussex County grand jury indicted him for possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

The suspect is a 39-year-old man who lives in Hardyston NJ and works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He was arrested in June 2016 after allegedly flashing his service weapon, an H&K 40-caliber handgun, during an altercation with a next-door neighbor at Carlton Village in Hardyston, NJ.

The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with numerous criminal offenses, including illegal possession of a handgun with the purpose to use it unlawfully against another, unlawful possession of large-capacity magazines, burglary, official misconduct, and terroristic threats.

The handgun possession charge is classified as a second degree felony, which means that the suspect could potentially be sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, since this type of gun crime charge is covered by the Graves Act, the suspect would be subject to a mandatory term of incarceration if convicted.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “U.S. Customs Officer Accused of Flashing His Gun at Neighbor Is Indicted.”

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