A former US Marine was arrested at Newark Airport after trying to board a flight to Florida with a cache of weapons and a fake US Marshal badge.
Ex-Marine Faces Prison Time For Trying To Board Florida Flight With Cache Of Weapons, Ammunition, And Fake ID
Seretse Clouden, 42, was heading from Newark (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on December 30, 2022. While screening one of his checked bag, TSA agents found a number of high-caliber magazines with ammo and a ballistic vest bearing the words “Deputy Marshal.”
TSA officers then approached the gate and paged Clouden. There, Clouden admitted that he had neither law enforcement credentials a firearms identification card from any state.
Officers then pulled his other bags from the aircraft, and ultimately found three weapons:
- .308-caliber DPMS Panther Arms rifle
- 5.56-caliber AR-15 rifle
- .40-caliber Glock 22 handguns
As agents dug through his bag, they also found:
- a fake US Marshal ID card and badge
- more magazines (the place that stores the ammunition that has not been fired)
- an expandable baton
- an immense amount of ammunition
An inquiry with the United States Marshals Service confirmed that Clouden is not, and was not, employed with the United States Marshal Service.
Clouden faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and fine of up to $250,000 for illegally transporting firearms and another 15 years for fraudulent possession of a government identification document.
The TSA seizes 18 guns per day on average across US airports. In most cases, it is a harmless matter of someone forgetting to pull a gun out of their bag. This case, with three guns, a number of accoutrements, and even the fake vest and ID badge suggest something more was at play.