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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 21, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611
jeanne.cooney@usdoj.gov

Big Lake Man Indicted for Possessing Two Nine–Millimeter Pistols

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court, a 31–year–old felon was indicted for allegedly possessing two nine–millimeter pistols. Bryan Wallace Burford, of Big Lake, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that on August 18, 2011, Burford possessed the two pistols. On that date, he was arrested by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) on outstanding state fugitive warrants at a Brooklyn Park motel. A loaded pistol was found in his waistband. Then, during the execution of a search warrant of the hotel room, authorities found the second gun. Because he is a felon, Burford is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. His prior convictions include possession of a short–barreled gun (2002), felony theft (2006), third–degree possession of a controlled substance (2003 and 2007), and fifth–degree possession of a controlled substance (2005).

If convicted in the current federal case, Burford faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the USMS. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi–jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to reducing gun crime in America. PSN provides resources to strengthen law enforcement and crime prevention partnerships that are working to make our streets and communities safer.

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