A man charged with illegal possession of firearms has an interesting explanation.
Francho Bradley and his wife, Adrianne Jennings, were arrested Sunday in Tewksbury, Mass. after a large weapons cache–including an AK-47 rifle and a grenade launcher–was found in their hotel room. According to the Lowell Sun, the couple claimed to have been on a mission for a secret government agency.
When asked why he needed the weapons, Bradley, 59, told police he “needed them with him for his mission.” He would not say what agency he was allegedly working for.
Also in the couple’s possession were smoke grenades, an AR-15 with a bump stock, tactical vests, walkie talkies, a silencer, 19 high-capacity magazines, and dozens of rounds of ammunition.
“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,” police wrote in a report.
Authorities discovered the stockpile after Bradley called police to report a break-in at his Marriott Residence Inn hotel room.
He reportedly told police he had a gun in a drawer and that he “didn’t want the gun to get into the wrong hands.” Upon investigation, law enforcement did not detect any sign of a break-in.
Robert Normandin, who represented Bradley at arraignment, said the Texas man is an Army veteran whose company, Ensyme Engineering, sells accessories and communications devices to the military.
The lawyer claimed the gun accessories found at the hotel room were “props” Bradley used while conducting business and that they were not fully functional.
Bradley told officers he had “prominent roles” in the Obama campaign and the German government, having “single handedly saved a one star general who was kidnapped a few years ago.”
He also claimed to have worked for the Los Angeles Police Department in the ’80s, although LAPD did not immediately confirm whether he was telling the truth.
A legal representative for Jennings, 40, said she did not own any or control any of the weapons. Police in Frisco, Texas said Bradley reported his wife missing in 2013, calling her a psych patient with mental health issues.
Judge Ellen Caulo ordered the couple held without bond pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday.