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Federal raid of Bluff City home may be connected to sale of military equipment by Marines

Staff Report • Apr 2, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report by the Bristol Herald Courier the raid of a Bluff City house Wednesday morning might be connected to alleged attempts by active duty Marines to sell stolen military night-vision scopes in Hawaii. Lance Cpl. Ronald William Abram's father - Ronnie Abram lives at 288 Jonesboro Drive home according to directory listing. Williams, 20, faces federal charges of conspiring to sell eight scopes to a Hong Kong buyer for $20,000.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to discuss the raid, according to the report. More than 20 officers from ICE, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Navy Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol stormed the two-story house at 9 a.m. They arrived in cars, vans and SUVs sporting license plates from Louisiana, Illinois and Tennessee.CLICK HERE for the full report.

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