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Prosecutor: Bergen Silencer Smuggler Had Guns, Ammo, Bullet-Proof Vests

Matthew Moran
Matthew Moran Photo Credit: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

An ironworker caught smuggling silencers from China had an arsenal of guns, high-capacity magazines and police-issued bulletproof vests in his Carlstadt home, authorities said.

Matthew Moran, 48, was released by a judge following his arrest on charges of possessing prohibited weapons and devices – namely: silencers.

Matthew Moran, 48, was “identified as a person of interest in receiving shipments of suppressors, also called silencers, meant to reduce the sound and muzzle flash generated from a gunshot,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Saturday.

Moran was targeted during a joint investigation of international arms trafficking by his office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Newark, Musella said.

Moran bought the silencers from a company based in China “and smuggled [them] though the mail to his residence,” the prosecutor said.

Following a controlled delivery to his Jefferson Street home, on a quiet street around the corner from the K-8 Carlstadt Public School, members of both agencies moved in Thursday, conducted a search and arrested Moran, Musella said.

They seized “numerous firearms, high-capacity magazines, thousands of rounds of ammunition and police-issued ballistic vests,” he said.

A judge released Moran pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on charges of possessing prohibited weapons and devices – namely: silencers.

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