A Texas man and his common-law wife were arrested over the weekend after officers allegedly discovered a stockpile of weapons in their Tewksbury, Massachusetts, hotel room.
The Lowell Sun reported that Francho Bradley, 59, called police Sunday afternoon saying that he believed his room was being broken into because his surveillance camera had cut off. At the time, he claimed that he was calling because he thought that someone might be stealing a gun located in a living room drawer.
While police found no evidence of a break-in, Bradley gave officers to the go-ahead to search the hotel room. In their search, they allegedly found an AR-15, a grenade launcher, and an AK-47.
The report indicated that officers also located tactical vests, laptop computers, 19 large-capacity gun magazines, smoke grenades, and multiple rounds of ammunition.
“It should be noted that five of the high capacity magazines were affixed to each other by a homemade case. This was concerning because it allows an individual to shoot off all five magazines in a short amount of time,” police revealed.
Police wrote that Bradley got parking tickets in the same Boston area for three days in a row, leading them to believe that he was surveilling an area. Detectives highlighted the fact that March for Our Lives protests were taking place in Boston that weekend.
Bradley, who has a valid gun license in Texas but not in Massachusetts, told police that he drove cross country with a stockpile of weapons because he was working for a government agency on a secret mission dealing with a secret virus, the report stated.
“He stated that he couldn’t tell us [who he worked for]… and that if we found out what he was doing, we would have to be writing reports for a long time, due to the fact it is classified,” police wrote.
Meanwhile, wife Adrianne Jennings, 40, allegedly said her husband was in town for a job interviewd, claiming her husband brought the weapons with him in case he gets deployed.
Bradley and Jennings were charged with 8 counts of possession of a large-capacity firearm, 19 counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, 8 counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of an infernal machine, three counts of possession of a silencer, and one count each of possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, and possession of a bump stock.
In court, Jennings’ attorney claimed that his client had no access to or control of the weapons as they belonged to Bradley. Additionally, the lawyer said that Jennings was simply joining her husband for a trip, the Sun reported.
“We are working closely with our state and federal partners on this investigation and will leave no stone unturned,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan told the newspaper. “We have a lot of work left to do here.”
Nevertheless, a judge ordered the couple held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for Friday.
[Featured Image: Francho Bradley, Adrianne Jennings/Tewksbury Police Department]