Ex-criminal charged after trying to board plane at gunpoint
A former Marine and convicted felon has been charged after trying to board a plane in New Jersey in December with guns, a taser and a fake U.S. Marshals badge, authorities say.
White clouds he was charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. In addition, he was charged with false possession of an identification document in the incident on December 30, News Break reports.
Convicted Felon Tried To Fly On Board Armed With Rifles, Shotguns, Taser And US Marshal Badge
The New Jersey-native was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport when he tried to board a flight while carrying an AR-15 rifle, handguns, a Taser, and the aforementioned fake US Marshal badge.
Clouden is a previously convicted felon, according to the release.
The federal complaint says TSA agents found two .40 caliber Glock magazines along with ammunition during a standard baggage search on Clouden’s bags, which were bound for Fort Lauderdale.
Ex-Marine arrested trying to board plane from Newark to Fort Lauderdale with AR-15, handguns, Taser, fake US Marshalls, spring loaded knife, expandable baton and .308 caliber rifle . Seretse Clouden, maroon, attempted to board a flight at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport on December 30.😬 pic.twitter.com/pG97Urh9Yk
— Sumner (@renmusb1) February 28, 2023
Agents also found a ballistic vest carrier with the words “Deputy Marshal,” prompting TSA officers to contact the US Marshals.
Law enforcement then found several weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, a .40-caliber handgun, a Taser, a spring-loaded knife, and an expandable baton after Clouden’s luggage take off the plane.
US Marshals say Clouden was never a member of their gang, now faces a long prison sentence
They also found a .308 caliber rifle, “United States Marshals” identification papers showing Clouden’s name and photo, and a badge.
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However, the US Marshals Service confirmed to the outlet that Clouden is not and has never been a member of their organization.
A 2016 guilty plea to illegal possession of a weapon bars him from possessing firearms and/or ammunition.
Clouden now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years as well as a fine of up to $250,000 for the gun charges.
A man who federal agents say tried to board a plane in New Jersey with three guns, including a semi-automatic rifle, and a fake law enforcement ID is in federal custody facing 2 accusation maroon & with a fake ID. pic.twitter.com/ExZmFIX5ci
— Charlene Moskowitz (@tilLuvWersOut) March 1, 2023
He could also be looking at a maximum sentence of 15 years for false possession of an identification document, according to News Break.
TSA has seized more than 800 guns at airports since January 1, set a record in 2022 by confiscating 6,500 guns
Meanwhile, TSA spokesman R. Carter Langston said that while there is a legal way to carry guns in checked baggage, that would have been communicated by the airline. , packing it properly in a hard sided and locked case, and having a valid case. permit for the firearm in one’s jurisdiction.
Since January 1, the TSA has seized more than 800 guns at airport checkpoints across the country.
The agency set a record last year by seizing more than 6,500 guns at 262 airport checkpoints in the US, with 88 percent of them unloaded, the outlet reports.