U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
December 21, 2009
Contact: Mary Bippus
Bloomington Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison For Possession of a Machine Gun
INDIANAPOLIS - Krin P. Gallagher, 29, of Bloomington, Indiana, was sentenced to 180
months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker following his guilty plea to
possessing firearms while engaged in drug-trafficking activity, announced Timothy M. Morrison,
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. This case was the result of a
investigation by the Bloomington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco
Firearms and Explosives.
In approximately June of 2008, the Bloomington Police Department (“BPD”) received
information that Gallagher was engaged in drug trafficking activity from a residence he partially
owned on South Curry Pike in Bloomington.
On July 25, 2008, after an undercover investigation, BPD executed a state search warrant at Gallaghers residence. During the search, officers discovered a quantity of powder cocaine along with a marijuana growing operation, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, and digital
scales. Officers also discovered three firearms: an Olympic Arms, .223 caliber rifle, a Sten
machine gun, and a Highpoint .45 caliber pistol. The .223 caliber rifle was outfitted with a scope
and laser sight. Along with the firearms, BPD also located what appeared to be a silencer, a
bullet-resistant vest, and a large amount of ammunition.
Based on the items found during the search, Gallagher was arrested by BPD, who then contacted the ATF for investigative assistance. After determining that Gallagher had been
convicted of B Felony Dealing Cocaine in 2002 and was therefore prohibited from possessing
firearms or ammunition, ATF Special Agents traveled to Bloomington to examine the weapons.
ATF agents then sent the Sten machine gun and silencer apparatus to the ATF Firearms Technology Branch in Washington, DC, where it was later determined that the Sten was capable
of firing multiple rounds of ammunition with a single pull of the trigger and that the silencer
apparatus, which fit the barrel of the Sten machine gun, was capable of diminishing the report of
the Sten machine gun by a measurable amount.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Rinka, who prosecuted the case for the
government, Gallagher faced a potential, mandatory life sentence if the case had gone to trial.
Judge Barker also imposed three years supervised release following Gallaghers release from
prison, and fined him $1,000. During the period of supervised release, Gallagher must get drug
treatment. Under federal law, Gallagher must serve at least 85% of his sentence.