Man arrested during Homeland Security probe in East Bridgewater, officials say

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(video) --- EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. —

A man was arrested on federal charges Wednesday after agents with Department of Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at his East Bridgewater home, according to officials.

Federal investigators allege that the homeowner, Bruce Sartwell, ordered a firearm silencer online and had it shipped to his house in the last few days.

Sartwell is a convicted felon and has arrests and arraignments dating back to 1987, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He owns a Brockton tattoo shop and is a regional president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

East Bridgewater police said they assisted in the execution of the federal search warrant at Sartwell's Plymouth Street residence.

Homeland Security, East Bridgewater police and other federal and state law enforcement agencies arrived at the home at approximately 10 a.m.

Officials said the search warrant was executed safely and without incident.

The home is near the entrance of East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School. Police said there was no threat to the public or students.


Sartwell was transported to the United States District Court in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

WCVB is sending a crew to the scene and will provide more information once it becomes available.

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