VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Beach Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) arrested a man after receiving a tip about the illegal making and selling of automatic firearms.

On January 10, the VBPD and ATF executed a federal search warrant for the home of John Dane, 35.

John Dane (Photo Courtesy: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

Inside Dane’s home were illegal automatic firearms, suppressors, Glock switches, additional firearms components, and suspected methamphetamine, according to a press release.

Dane was arrested and charged with possession of a machine gun for aggressive purposes, importation/sale of a 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.

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

Dane was released on January 13 on a $10,000 surety bond. He is not allowed to leave Virginia and cannot possess weapons. The Commonwealth objected to granting him bond.

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