A Hickory, N.C. man has been indicted on federal weapons charges, according to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
John Jacob Morton, 64, of Hickory, N.C., was arrested in Yadkin County on January 28, after the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a five month long investigation into the manufacturing sale and possession of weapons of mass destruction, according to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It was also reported that Morton was allegedly selling handguns to convicted felons and illegal immigrants while displaying them at a stand at the Vintage Village Flea market in Hamptonville, according to a release from the the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Agents with the US Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and detectives from the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office presented Morton’s case to the US Attorney’s Office in June. A federal grand jury indicted Morton on June 25. Morton was entered as a fugitive from justice in the National Criminal Data Base.
Detectives from Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Morton on July 10, in Hickory. The Yadkin County detectives then delivered Morton to the U.S. Marshall’s Service in Greensboro the next day.
Morton’s indictment included selling and distributing firearms without a license, possession of a double barreled shotgun having a barrel length less than 16 inches and manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction.