A Texas man caught with a stockpile of guns in Massachusetts has been hit with dozens of criminal charges.
The man, 59-year-old Francho Bradley, was staying at the Marriott Residence Inn in Tewksbury when he called the police to report an attempted break-in to his room.
Police officers wrote that Bradley had hooked up a surveillance video feed of his hotel room and was concerned because the feed died as he drove toward Boston, reported the Lowell Sun.
Bradley told officers that there was an unsecured gun in a drawer inside the room and said he “didn’t want the gun to get into the wrong hands,” according to a police report.
When officers entered the room, they immediately saw several rifles that were wrapped in a green flight suit and laid on the room’s floor.
They saw no signs of a break-in.
Officers arrested Bradley and his common-law wife, 40-year-old Adrianne Jennings, when they returned to the hotel. Bradley has a firearms license from Texas but the police said it isn’t valid in Massachusetts.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the room and Bradley’s car and ultimately found eight large-capacity guns, including an AK-47 and an AR-15 that was equipped with multiple add-ons including a grenade launcher, the Tewksbury Police Department said.
Among the other items officers discovered were cellphones, laptop computers, tactical vests, and dozens of rounds of ammunition.
Bradley admitted the weapons and other items were his but said he “needed them with him for his mission.”
“Francho went on to say he can’t tell us what he does for work or why he has all the guns with him, but that he is down in this area working for a government agency that is dealing with a virus,” officers wrote in the report.
Bradley said the information as to which agency he works for is classified and there’s no one they could call to verify the information.
Robert Normandin, the lawyer representing Bradley, told Fox 5 that officers misinterpreted what his client was saying. He said his client is an Army veteran who sells items to the military and other clients through his company Enysma Engineering, and that the guns and other items let Bradley demonstrate the products he had to sell. Normandin said most of the accessories were props.
“When all is said and done, the majority of the items that the commonwealth alludes to were not real working items,” Normandin claimed.
Jennings’s lawyer said none of the guns belonged to her.
Bradley and Jennings were later charged with a number of crimes, including eight counts of possession of large-capacity firearms each as well as three counts of possession of an infernal machine.
They’re being held without bail until a hearing scheduled for Friday, the judge said.