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Middle Tennessee Man Charged with Unlawful Possession and Transfer of Firearm Silencer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – On February 5, 2024, Paul Faye Sr., 55, of Cunningham, Tennessee, was arrested after being charged with the unlawful possession and transfer of an unregistered firearm silencer, announced United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Henry C. Leventis.

The criminal complaint alleges that Faye spoke with an undercover FBI agent for months about a plan to travel to the United States – Mexico border to commit acts of violence against migrants and federal agents. In January 2024, Faye illegally transferred a silencer to an undercover agent with the FBI as they prepared to travel to the border to target migrants entering the United States.

After taking Faye into custody, law enforcement searched his property in Cunningham, Tennessee and recovered numerous firearms, including a short-barreled shotgun and a Springfield XD pistol, another firearm silencer, a militia patch, multiple jars of Tannerite, a brand of explosive targets that can be converted into improvised explosive devices, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Kurtzman is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mark H. Wildasin

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

(615) 736-2079

Updated February 7, 2024

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