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FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Federal agents have raided a Columbiana County home as part of an investigation into the alleged manufacture and sale of unlicensed, unregistered and untaxed firearm silencers.

According to documents filed in U.S. district court in Youngstown, agents from the U.S. Postal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the Signal Road home of Bert See last Thursday.

According to an affidavit, the investigating ATF agent says he made purchases over the internet of three kits which were assembled to make a device that diminishes the report of a firearm. The agent says that the purchases were traced back to See.

The search inventory indicates that during the search on See's home, agents seized numerous parts that could be used to make silencers, also known as suppressors.

In addition, agents removed a dozen firearms, numerous containers of ammunition, magazines, computers and paperwork.

Court documents say the search and seizure was in relation to an investigation into the manufacture of firearms without having paid a special occupational tax; possessing and transporting an unregistered firearm; possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number and engaging in firearms business without a license.

There is no indication on the federal court docket that charges have been filed in connection with the investigation.

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