Luzerne County businessman indicted on firearms, drug offenses

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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SCRANTON — An owner of a logging and excavating business in Dallas was indicted by a federal grand jury last week alleging he illegally possessed 58 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition while being a drug user.

Bruce Robert Redmond, 30, of Ransom Road, Franklin Township, allegedly provided false information about his drug use on applications to purchase firearms. Redmond also possessed a firearm knowing it was reported stolen and owning an unregistered firearm, the indictment says.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick ordered Redmond jailed until his trial after a detention hearing held at the federal courthouse in Scranton on May 8.

Redmond was initially charged by federal authorities by a criminal complaint May 1. A grand jury on May 7 indicted Redmond on seven counts to include unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of a stolen firearm and an unregistered firearm, providing false statements to purchase firearms and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

The indictment also includes a forfeiture action seeking the seizure of 58 firearms and more than 6,600 rounds of ammunition from Redmond.

Agents with the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant at the logging company’s office on Market Street, Kingston, and at Redmond’s residence on April 12, a day after a dump truck owned by the business flipped on Wilson Road, Larksville, damaging the front yard of a residence. The driver of the dump truck fled the scene.

The indictment alleges Redmond is a user of methamphetamine and provided false information about his drug use on firearm purchase applications at MidKnight Tactical LLC in Sweet Valley when he attempted to purchase a .380 caliber pistol and at Bear’s Gun Room in Wyoming when he attempted to buy a .45 caliber pistol.

Redmond also possessed a 12 gauge shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches, the indictment alleges.


By Ed Lewis

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