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Three soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell on the Tennessee-Kentucky border were arrested early Tuesday by federal agents in connection with the handover of dozens of firearms to Chicago employees after guns recovered at the site of a mass shooting in the city had been switched back to an illegal firearms pipeline.
Demarcus Adams, 21, Jarius Brunson, 22, and Brandon Miller, 22, were arrested by agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and US Army Criminal Investigation Department announced the Middle District of Tennessee.
The three men – all US Army personnel stationed at the Fort Campbell military facility in Clarksville, Tennessee – were each charged with handing a gun to someone outside of the state. provide false information when purchasing a firearm; Business without a gun license; Wire fraud; Money laundering; and conspiracy to violate Title 18.
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The Chicago Police Department responded to a March 26 mass shooting that injured several people and killed one person. According to the criminal complaint, several firearms were recovered from the scene, including at least five recently purchased from FFL (Federal Firearms Licensed) dealers in the Clarksville area.
Adams, Brunson and Miller were later identified as the main buyers of these firearms, prosecutors said. A broader examination of firearms transaction records from the FFLs in the Clarksville area found that the trio had purchased 91 firearms from several FFLs in Clarksville as well as Kentucky’s Oak Grove, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell and Paducah as of September 2019.
The majority of firearms were purchased in the past five months, according to the criminal complaint, which also alleges that after purchasing the firearms, Miller would make them available to people he was associated with in Chicago.
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A federal search warrant was carried out on April 28 of Miller and Adams’ home in Clarksville. According to prosecutors, 49 empty gun boxes were recovered, many of which were matched to guns found in recent shootings and murders by Chicago police.
The defendants were due to appear before a U.S. judge in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Assistant Attorney Josh Kurtzman is pursuing the case. The defendants could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.