Virginia Beach man arrested after officers find machine gun, illegal firearms in his home

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 Special Investigations Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland Security received reports of “the illegal manufacture and sale of automatic firearms, the illegal import and sale of silencers, and the illegal import of and marketed Glock ‘switches’ that convert semi-automatic pistols to full-auto mode,” the police release said.

Dane charged with possession of a machine gun for aggressive purposes; importation/sale of trigger activators; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm while in possession of a drug; and possession of a Schedule I/II drug, police Say. It was not immediately clear if Dane had an attorney.

“This joint operation moved quickly to remove a large number of illegally acquired weapons from our streets,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Newdigate said in a news release.

“We appreciate the partnership and resources provided by our federal partners to ensure that those who fuel gun violence in Virginia Beach are held accountable,” his statement continued.

CNN has reached out to Virginia Beach police for clearer images of the seized weapons and parts.

Dane had a bond hearing Friday, with an initial hearing scheduled for April 21, according to online court records from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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