Another major crime bust in Monmouth County, this one seizes explosives and firearms
Three men including one from the Pagan's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were arrested after investigators found 40 guns, a flamethrower, thousands of rounds of ammunition and bomb making materials at homes in Freehold and Howell.
The three-day investigation began Thursday of last week when the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office say they received a tip about a resident storing explosives and destructive materials in the home.
On Friday night, investigators at 191 Ford Road in Howell with a search warrant along with the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit, Howell Township Police and a K-9 unit from the Bradley Beach Police Department where they uncovered a number of firearms, ammunition and an undisclosed amount of marijuana.
The next stop for investigators was at 204 State Highway 33 in Freehold Township, the home of a member of the Pagan's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang 49-year old Anthony Corraro, with a search warrant and uncovered a number of explosives they say are capable and designed to create destructive devices.
Police recovered 13 containers of live ammunition which equaled out to thousands of rounds of ammunition that included hollow nose and armor piercing cartridges.
Corraro was arrested and charged with the second degree Attempted Possession of Explosives for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Attempted Possession of Destructive Devices for an Unlawful Purpose, third degree Attempted Possession of Destructive Devices, fourth degree Possession of Armor Penetrating Bullets and fourth degree Possession of Firearm Silencers.
His detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, at 1:30 p.m. before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie-Ann M. Justus.
The other two men who live in Howell, David Tash, 53, and Christopher Tash, 49, are charged with second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Firearms, fourth degree Possession of Armor Penetrating Bullets, and fourth degree Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine.
Tash is also charged with the fourth degree crime of Possession of Over 50 grams of Marijuana.
If convicted of any of the second degree offenses, the three men each face a sentence of five to ten years in prison.
If convicted of the fourth degree offenses, each man faces up to 18 months in state prison.
The investigation into the findings is ongoing and prosecutors officials ask anyone with additional information to call Detectives Wayne Raynor or Daniel Newman of the MCPO at 800-533-7443.
The MCPO's investigation and search was done with the help of the Freehold Township Police Department, Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT), New Jersey State Police K-9 Unit, Gang Unit Central and Arson/Bomb Unit, as well as representatives of the Monmouth County Haz-Mat Team, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and a K-9 unit from the Bradley Beach Police Department.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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