A three day investigation launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office last Thursday led to the seizure of a total of 17 long-guns, 13 handguns, over 21 containers of ammunition and explosives. Three men were arrested, according to a statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Investigators received information regarding an individual storing explosives and destructive materials in a Howell residence. On Friday night September 16, detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Howell Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit and a K-9 unit from the Bradley Beach Police Department. Numerous firearms and ammunition, as well as a quantity of marijuana were seized.
The investigation continued, leading to a residence at 204 State Highway 33 in Freehold Township and a known member of the Pagan’s Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. A search warrant was executed and yielded a significant amount of explosive materials capable of, and designed to create destructive devices. Police also recovered six long guns, 10 handguns, a homemade flame thrower, and 13 containers of live ammunition amounting to thousands of rounds of ammunition, including hollow nose and armor piercing cartridges. In addition to the Prosecutor’s Office, the search was conducted with the assistance 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.
Anthony Corraro, 49, of Freehold, a member of the Pagan’s Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, 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. Corraro’s detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie-Ann M. Justus.
David Tash, 53, and Christopher Tash, 49, both of 191 Ford Road in Howell, were charged with the 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. David Tash was also charged with the fourth degree crime of Possession of Over 50 grams of Marijuana.