A man from Camden County, who is a convicted felon, was indicted Wednesday for illegally possessing a handgun.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito says 36-year-old Maurice Isler of Lindenwold was charged by indictment with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

According to the indictment:

On April 10, 2020, a witness told a police officer that Isler was in possession of a firearm. When confronted by police, Isler ran, and was caught by two police officers. They arrested Isler and found a loaded handgun in his pocket. The handgun had previously been reported stolen. As a previously convicted felon, Isler is not permitted to possess a handgun under federal law.

NJ.com reports back in 2013, Isler was found to be in possession of a stolen loaded gun during a traffic stop in Camden. During that stop, a passenger in that car was found to be in possession of 14 bags of heroin. In that case, Isler was charged with possession of a weapon, certain persons not to have weapons, and receiving stolen property.

The count of being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF with the investigation leading to the charges.

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