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'Most wanted' fugitive arrested in kentucky for illegal firearms

June 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a federal fugitive who has been on the ATF’s Most Wanted list was arrested in Kentucky today.

Harry E. Maxey, 62, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested today at his residence in Grand Rivers, Ky. Maxey was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 21, 2003. Maxey remains in federal custody in Kentucky pending his transfer to Missouri.

The federal indictment alleges that on Aug. 7, 2003, Maxey was in possession of a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, a Westernfield 300 SAV caliber bolt-action rifle, two Winchester pump-action 12-gauge shotguns and a Hi Point 9mm rifle.

A warrant was issued for Maxey’s arrest on Aug. 26, 2003.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Maxey has two 1985 federal felony convictions in the Western District of Texas for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and obstruction of justice.

Ketchmark cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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