Virginia Beach man arrested after officials find machine gun and illegal firearms at his home


A 35-year-old Virginia Beach man has been arrested after officials discovered illegal firearms and gun paraphernalia at his home, including a machine gun, police said.

The man, identified by the agency as John Dane, was arrested Tuesday, the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release.

Before Dane’s arrest, the department’s Office of Special Investigations, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security received a tip about “a person who manufactures and illegally sells automatic firearms, illegally imports and sells suppressors, and illegally imports and sells Glock ‘switches’ that convert a semi-automatic handgun to operate in automatic mode,” according to a police news release.

Dane is charged with possession of a machine gun for aggressive purposes; import / sale of trigger activator; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics; and possession of schedule I/II narcotics, police said. It’s unclear if Dane has an attorney.

“This joint operation moved with haste to remove a large number of illegally acquired guns from our streets,” said Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate.

“We are grateful for the partnerships and resources our federal partners bring to ensure that those who contribute to gun violence in the city of Virginia Beach are held accountable,” his statement continued.

CNN has reached out to Virginia Beach police to get a clearer picture of the weapons and parts seized.

According to online court records from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dane had a bond hearing Friday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 21.

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