ETX duo accused of running guns caught in the Philippines

London/Brown
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 2:45pm

Two East Texas fugitives made their first appearance in an East Texas courtroom Wednesday after they were caught allegedly gun trafficking overseas.

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 made their initial appearances in U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love’s court Wednesday.

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 shortly after, but the U.S. Marshals Service discovered they 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 alleged criminals were taken to Manila to be deported.

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 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. London and Brown's trial date is set for Feb. 5, 2013 before U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

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