Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 Written by JOEL E. MAST
Bellefontaine businessman Todd Lamb and his attorneys no longer have to worry about fighting federal gun charges after U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson granted a prosecution motion Thursday.
Federal prosecutors filed a motion this week to dismiss five counts of illegally possessing machine guns and a single count of filing false documents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The motion was granted during a 10-minute hearing that started at 11:40 a.m.
It concludes a protracted battle to admit as evidence five fully automatic weapons seized during a March 21, 2007, search of Almite Services Inc., 1771 County Road 130.
Logan County Sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were looking into an alleged interstate theft ring of excavators, tractors and backhoes.
Mr. Lamb’s side argued authorities had no right to seize the guns as part of the search.
Judge Watson agreed and declined to reconsider his decision earlier this year.
Mr. Lamb, 39, still faces federal charges of three counts of unlawful interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles; two counts of conspiracy; and two counts of wire fraud.