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ETX women accused of gun running slated for court appearance

ETX women accused of gun running slated for court appearance

POSTED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 8:11pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 8:14pm

Two East Texas women accused of gun trafficking appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Andrea Jaine Burns London, 51, and Lucretia Beth Brown, 45, both of Yantis, were indicted on July 11, 2012, and charged with 26 counts of gun trafficking violations. The duo was slated to appear in U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love’s court at 9 a.m. for jury selection and trial. However, court documents show a change of plea hearing re-set for February 14.

A warrant was issued for their arrest in November 2011, but the U.S. Marshals Service discovered they had left the United States for the Philippines in February 2012. Philippine Immigration agents eventually arrested London and Brown in Cebu without incident. Both alleged criminals were taken to Manila and deported to Los Angeles.

According to the indictment, from January 2011 to July 2011, London owned and operated Lake Fork Gunslinger & Outdoors in Emory, Texas. Lake Fork Gunslinger was a federally licensed firearms dealer, and Brown was an employee. The indictment alleges that London and Brown conspired with one another to not keep the records as required by federal law and to not conduct the required background checks on gun purchasers.

The indictment further alleges that London and Brown conspired to make false statements on the ATF Form 4473 that accompanies sales of dealership inventory and to not report multiple sales of handguns. The indictment goes on to allege over 20 specific instances of London and/or Brown making false statements on a government form.

The indictment also alleges that London and Brown failed to maintain the required records on the dealership’s acquisition and disposition of firearms.

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