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Lamb facing federal firearm charges

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A federal grand jury this week issued a six-count indictment against Todd Allen Lamb, 37, of Bellefontaine, almost four years to the day after five guns were seized by local, state and federal authorities during a search of his County Road 130 business.

Guns similar to the photos below were siezed March 21, 2007

Browning 1919A4 .30-caliber medium machine gun

Heckler & Koch MP5 9 mm submachine gun

Colt SMG 9 mm submachine gun

Bushmaster XM15-E2S  .223-caliber machine gun

He is accused of illegally possessing five machine guns and with making false statements on paperwork filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mr. Lamb appeared Wednesday in a Columbus federal court room before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers for a reading of the charges.

Magistrate Deavers forwarded the case to U.S. District Judge Michael Watson to set an arraignment.

Mr. Lamb was released on his own recognizance.

His attorney Kevin Conners declined to talk about specifics of the allegations but said, “I like to remind people that Todd is presumed innocent and we’ll try the case in court.”

Mark T. D’Alessandro, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said the case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dale E. Williams Jr.

The indictment alleges that Mr. Lamb possessed five machine guns. Logan County deputies  discovered the weapons when they responded to a complaint at Mr. Lamb’s business.

Mr. Lamb also allegedly filed a firearm tax renewal and registration form with ATF on June 12, 2006, claiming that his business, Almite Services Inc., had a license to sell machine guns, knowing that it was not a licensed dealer.

Each count of possession of a machine gun is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Making false statements is punishable by up to three years in prison.

According to the indictment, Mr. Lamb was in possession of two Heckler & Koch MP5 9 mm submachine guns a Browning 1919A4 .30-caliber medium machine gun; a Bushmaster XM15-E2S  .223-caliber machine gun; and a Colt SMG 9 mm submachine gun, on March 21, 2007, when deputies executed a search warrant at Amlite’s 1771 C.R. 130 facilities.

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