A man from New Vineyard, Maine has been arrested on multiple charges in Fort Lee, New Jersey with a "ghost" gun and more than 25 pounds of pot.

Who was Arrested and What is a 'Ghost Gun?'

Carleton E. Dixon, 40, was in his black Chevrolet Silverado in Fort Lee, New Jersey when police conducted a search of the vehicle. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella says the items seized in that search included over twenty-five pounds of marijuana, $50,705 in cash, and a handgun which was later found to be a 'ghost gun.' That term refers to homemade firearms that lack any commercial serial numbers. Dixon was arrested and transported to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Paramus, New Jersey.

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What Charges Does He Face?

Dixon faces multiple charges including:

  • 1st-degree possession with the intent to distribute marijuana
  • 2nd-degree unlawful possession of a handgun
  • 2nd-degree possession of a weapon while committing a drug-related crime
  • 3rd-degree transporting a ghost gun
  • 3rd-degree money laundering
  • 3rd-degree possession with the intent to distribute hashish.

At last report, he was being held in the Bergen County Jail pending his first court appearance at the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Musella says the arrest was the result of an investigation into drug and firearms-related crimes by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Chief Jason Love. He adds that the charges are merely accusations and that Dixon is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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