9 indicted on gun-trafficking charges

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced today that a joint state and federal investigation resulted in the indictment of nine people on gun trafficking charges.

Trayle Beasley, 29, of Trenton, is accused of working with four other men to transport guns from Va. to N.J. The men were indicted for running a network that prosecutors say brought guns to Trenton and sold them to gang members.

Authorities said more than 200 guns were seized as a result of the nearly two-year long investigation.

Many of the seized weapons were found in the Glassboro home of 49-year-old Philip Dixon, according to officials. Dixon allegedly sold four guns to an undercover State Police detective last summer. Authorities later arrested him and searched his home, finding more than 60 guns. Among the findings were a grenade launcher and a machine gun.

Dow said several of the seized guns were connected to drug and homicide investigations.

Fort Dix soldier, William Ivery, was charged with two weapons offenses. Ivery allegedly purchased two handguns in Texas, while stationed there, and later disposed of them unlawfully in New Jersey. One of them was recovered from a stolen vehicle in New Brunswick.

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