U.S. Attorney's Office/Eastern District of Texas:
TYLER (KYTX) – Two fugitives wanted for federal gun trafficking violations appeared in court in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Andrea Jaine Burns London, 51, and Lucretia Beth Brown, 45, both of Yantis, Wood County, Texas, were indicted on July 11, 2012, and charged with 26 counts of gun trafficking violations. London and Burns made their initial appearances in U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love's court on Dec. 12, 2012.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Agents executed search warrants at their home and business in November 2011. A warrant was issued for their arrest, but the U.S. Marshals Service soon discovered that the pair had left the United States for the Philippines in February 2012. Assistance was requested from the International Investigations Branch and a lead was sent to the Diplomatic Security Service in Manila. On Oct. 9, 2012, Philippine Immigration Agents arrested London and Brown in Cebu without incident. Both subjects were transported to Manila to begin the deportation process. On Nov. 8, 2012, London and Brown were escorted by Philippine Immigration Agents from Manila to Los Angeles where they were taken into custody by the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force.
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 twenty 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. London and Brown are set for trial on Feb. 5, 2013 before U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.