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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 10, 2015
David Capp
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Brent A. Garrett

Possession of National Firearms Act Items

HAMMOND - United States Attorney David A. Capp announced today that Brent A. Garrett, 38 of Bluffton, Indiana was charged with knowingly possessing firearms, including machineguns and other firearms, which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

According to documents filed in the case, on or about May 15 through August 6, 2015, Mr. Garrett knowingly possessed firearms, including machineguns, silencers, and a short-barreled rifle, which were not properly registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  During the investigation, an undercover ATF agent purchased fully automatic machineguns (one receiver and one assembled machinegun) and several silencers from Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Garrett possessed additional unregistered items at his home.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Bluffton Police Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police and Wells County Sheriff’s Department.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller. 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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