A Los Angeles Police Department detective has been charged with attempting to obtain a gun silencer that he allegedly purchased from China, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Luke Walden, 48, was charged with one felony count of attempted possession of a silencer. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7 in downtown Los Angeles.

“Any device that is intended to silence or muffle a firearm is illegal,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “This case is especially troubling given that the accused is a senior law enforcement officer. Anyone who tries to circumvent our laws by trying to purchase such items overseas will be held accountable for their actions, no matter their profession.”

On or about April 22, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intercepted a package from China that contained an illegal firearm silencer. The address on the package matched one belonging to Walden, prosecutors said.

Walden was arrested on Nov. 15 and was released after posting bail, Gascón said.

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