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IMPD: Man arrested for possession of, operating machine gun

CLAYTON, Ind. (WISH) – An 18-year-old has been arrested for operating and selling a machine gun, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

IMPD said that over the course of the three-month investigation, officers learned that Noah Phillips, 18, was shooting a fully automatic Glock and AR15, selling switches and marijuana.

Police said switches are used to turn a semi-automatic handgun into a fully automatic gun.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a detective with IMPD’s Southwest Violent Crimes Task Force saw several Facebook pictures and videos of Phillips with a Glock firearm. The detective determined Phillips was not licensed to carry a firearm in Indiana.

Last month, IMPD secured a warrant to search Phillips’ Facebook account and a home he was living in on East County Road 400 South in Clayton.

As a result of the search, investigators located the following items:

  • AR15
  • 6 handguns
  • 4 long guns
  • A 3-D printable AR15 full auto drop-in sear, which police said turns any AR15 into an automatic
  • 2 drum magazines
  • Ammunition
  • Marijuana

Investigators say Phillips told them he had a Glock semi-automatic gun at his father’s house on Bertha Street in Indianapolis. Detectives seized that weapon as well, along with drugs and ammunition.

Phillips has been arrested and faces preliminary charges for possession of a machine, operating a loaded machine gun and selling marijuana in Hendricks County. It’s not known how Phillips obtained the weapons.

In addition to the gun preliminary charges in Hendricks County, IMPD also conducted an investigation into Phillips as a person of interest in several shots fired incidents, including into an occupied house and a person shot.

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