U.S. Army Officer Charged with Multiple Firearms Violations

A U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel faces serious firearms-related federal charges.

In Nashville, Tennessee, Frank Ross Talbert, a 40-year-old Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) assigned to Fort Campbell, has been charged with a series of federal crimes following an extensive investigation by law enforcement agencies. The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Henry C. Leventis, announced the charges, which spotlight the serious nature of Talbert’s alleged activities.

The federal indictment against Talbert includes twenty-one counts, encompassing a wide array of firearms violations. These charges detail eight counts of importing defense articles without the necessary license, eight counts of smuggling firearms parts into the United States, and one count of firearms trafficking. Additionally, Talbert faces two counts of possession of unregistered machineguns, one count of transporting a machinegun without a license, and one count of dealing in firearms without the appropriate license.

The investigation, which led to Talbert’s arrest, unveiled evidence that he unlawfully imported firearms parts from multiple countries, including Russia and China, and engaged in the dealing of firearms without a federal firearms license. The array of charges against Talbert underscores the gravity of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety.

If convicted of these charges, Talbert faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and could be fined up to $1,000,000. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Farzad and involves the collaborative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.

It is important to note that an indictment is simply an allegation, and all defendants, including Talbert, are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The case against Talbert is ongoing, and further developments are awaited as the legal process unfolds.

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