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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2011

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman
(504) 680-33171

Two Arrested for Straw Purchase at Recent Kenner Gun Show

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – HILTON FLUKER, 25, and KENA JAMES, 23, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, have been charged in a criminal complaint in connection with the straw purchase of a firearm at the Great Southern Gun and Knife Show recently held in Kenner, Louisiana, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

The complaint charges FLUKER and JAMES with conspiring to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed gun dealer after JAMES certified on the federally required form that she was the actual purchaser of the firearm, when in fact, she was buying the gun for FLUKER. According to the complaint, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with detectives from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) and officers from the Kenner Police Department (KPD), were involved in an operation, on June 25, 2011, at the Great Southern Gun and Knife Show at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. The purpose of this operation was to target the illegal diversion of firearms from legal commerce by third party straw purchasers to prohibited individuals. During this investigation, Kenner Police Officers, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office Detectives worked with ATF officers and determined that JAMES, first attempted a straw purchase for FLUKER with one of the vendors. When their attempt failed, they went to another dealer and FLUKER picked out an AK assault style firearm which JAMES bought. The investigation also revealed that FLUKER purchased 120 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammunition for the firearm, along with a 75 round capacity drums magazine and another 25 round capacity magazine. FLUKER, prior to these purchases, had been convicted of purse snatching in Jefferson Parish in 2003. FLUKER was also convicted of trafficking illegal narcotics (Ecstasy) in Gwinnett County, Georgia in 2007.

FLUKER and JAMES will make their initial court appearance 10:00 am tomorrow before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that a complaint is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated jointly by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with detectives from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Kenner Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Tony Sanders.