Two men from Pemberton Township have been charged with firearms offenses after they were found to be in possession of handguns.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David King say 23-year-old Kavon Carter has been charged with Possession of a Weapon While Committing Certain Drug Crimes, Certain Persons Prohibited from Possessing Firearms, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Allowing a Minor Access to a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

19-year-old Sylas Young was charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition.

Coffina says the charges stem from an encounter on April 30th when police approached Carter to serve him with a warrant on a witness intimidation charge in an unrelated case. He was found in a vehicle and taken into custody. A search of that vehicle yielded two loaded handguns, nearly $2,000, and a quantity of heroin and marijuana. A juvenile who was in the vehicle with Carter was also taken into custody and will face charges.

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Young, who was standing on the passenger side of the vehicle, was apprehended after being found with a pistol in his waistband loaded with hollow-point ammunition, according to authorities.

Carter and Young were lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly pending detention hearings in Superior Court.

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