Undercover agent, Francho Bradley [left], and his partner Adrianne Jennings were arrested when they returned to a huge unexplained weapons cache in their hotel room.
A 59-year-old Texas man caught in his Massachusetts hotel room with an AR-15 rifle, an AK-47 and various other weapons claims he was on a classified mission for a government agency he refused to name.
Francho Bradley and Adrianne Jennings were arrested when they returned to their firearm-filled room in Tewksbury over the weekend.
While on the road, Bradley had asked police to check his hotel room after a surveillance feed he had set up “had cut out,” Tewksbury cops and the Middlesex District Attorney said in a press release.
Police and the FBI are investigating Bradley’s intentions for the massive weapons cache in a Tewksbury hotel.
The Lowell Sun reports that Bradley had a surveillance video feed of his hotel room in his car, and was concerned because the video feed died as he was driving toward Boston.
Bradley asked police to check his room since he admitted there was an unsecured gun in a drawer inside and because he “didn’t want the gun to get into the wrong hands,” according to a police report.
But when officers entered the hotels room, they found surprising amount of weapons instead of just one gun.
The Lowell Sun reports that officers arrived at the room, and found “several long guns” wrapped in a flight suit, including the AR-15 with a grenade launcher, the AK-47, a “large capacity” shotgun, a bump stock and 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,” read a police report.
The weapons and ammunition found in the couple’s hotel room.
Questioned, Bradley told cops that he brought the weapons along from Texas because he “needed them with him for his mission.”
“Francho went on to say he can’t tell us what he does for work or why he has all the guns with him, but that he is down in this area working for a government agency that is dealing with a virus,” read a police report stated.
Police noted Bradley got parking tickets in the same part of Cambridge on successive days, even though he claimed to have no ties to the city. Authorities suspect the ‘undercover agent’ may have been conducting surveillance, on the weekend that the March for Our Lives was held in Boston.
Bradley told cops he was “down in this area working for a government agency that is dealing with a virus,” and he brought the weapons with him because he “needed them with him for his mission.”
He declined to name the agency or say more because he said the information was classified, and there was no one investigators could call to verify the information, he allegedly, told police.
Bradley mentioned that he owns Ensyma Engineering, but would not comment on what the company’s line of business.
His attorney Robert Normandin, at arraignment mentioned that his client, an Army veteran., through Enysma Engineering sells accessories such as communication devices to the military and other clients, said Normandin who described the weapons and accessories as “props” that Bradley uses while conducting that business.
The website for Enysma Engineering says the company strives “to help business owners develop a solid foundation and operational strategy so they can be successful.” – promoting products such as walkie talkies and headsets, but makes no mention of guns or firearm accessories.
Bradley himself claimed to have worked for Los Angeles Police for about five years around 1984, a claim LAPD have said they could not immediately confirm.
The pair are both 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.
Both are held without bail pending a ‘dangerousness’ hearing scheduled for Friday.