2 Brooklyn men plead guilty to weapons charges

November 18, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two South Baltimore men pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to transferring and conspiring to transfer 12 converted machine guns and a pipe bomb, said Lynne A. Battaglia, U.S. attorney for Maryland.

Sentencing for Arthur Nelson Reid, 26, and David Daniel Granger, 25, both of the 3700 block of Everett St. in Brooklyn, was scheduled Feb. 6, Battaglia said.

She said conspirators Frankie Lee Lebon, 24, of the 1600 block of Light St., and Alonzo Carle IV, 22, of Old Colony Drive in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, pleaded guilty earlier and are awaiting sentencing.

According to a statement of facts presented to Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore:

The men were arrested July 17 after an investigation by Anne Arundel County and Baltimore police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The probe was started after authorities found that the defendants bought six semiautomatic SKS 7.62 machine guns at an April gun show in Pikesville and converted them to fully automatic at the home of Reid and Granger. Each weapon's serial number was obliterated.

Later that month, the defendants met federal agents posing as drug dealers in a Linthicum motel and sold them the weapons.

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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