WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed July 27, 2005
Duo Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Machine Guns
Paducah, KY – A Fort Campbell soldier and his uncle have pleaded guilty to charges they smuggled 18 machine guns out of Iraq and tried to sell them in the U. S.
Guy Brown and Nigel Brown, both of Hopkinsville, face up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for up to three years. Sentencing is scheduled for October 25th.
Another Fort Campbell soldier under indictment, Beau Uran, of Clarksville, Tennessee, is scheduled for a hearing in August.
The indictment filed last May says that while in Iraq, Nigel Brown and Uran acquired 17 Russian-made AK 47's and a Chinese replica of the AK. The indictment says Nigel Brown and Uran allegedly hid the guns in oxygen tanks so they could be shipped back to Fort Campbell undetected.
In May 2004, Guy Brown sold one of the guns to an undercover ATF agent. he also told the agent he had 18 guns for sale.
Nigel Brown is a sergeant with Bravo Company in the 526th Brigade Support Battalion. Uran is a sergeant with the 584th Maintenance Company. Post officials
says both soldiers continue to serve at Fort Campbell.