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Man arrested for unlawfully selling handgun to student later seized at Morris Knolls High School

DENVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Burlington County man has been arrested following an incident in March where two students were found in possession of a handgun at Morris Knolls High School, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Dwayne E. Allen, 21, of Palmyra was arrested and charged on May 17 with second-degree unlawful sale of a firearm to a juvenile, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, fourth-degree transport of a firearm, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a high-capacity magazine, and fourth-degree unlawful sale of a high-capacity magazine.

On March 23, Denville Township police responded to Morris Knolls High School after receiving a report that school staff discovered two students in possession of a gun, Carroll said.

The department’s school resource officer arrived on scene quickly, as well as other responding officers. The involved students were already identified and secured by school staff, as was the weapon, by the time officers arrived, Carroll said.

The two juveniles involved were subsequently arrested and charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon and related charges. Since this matter involves juveniles, no further information will be released, Carroll said.

During the ongoing investigation into this incident, detectives from the Denville Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homeland Security & Juvenile Units developed information that Allen allegedly sold the firearm to a juvenile in Morris County during March 2023, Carroll said.

There is no known connection between Allen and Morris Knolls High School, Carroll said.

Allen was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility, Carroll said.

Prosecutor Robert Carroll commended the Denville Police Department, the Palmyra Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police T.E.A.M.S. Central Unit, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, NJ Office of Homeland Security, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile and Homeland Security Units for their cooperative efforts resulting in this arrest.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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