FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — The former janitor for the Fairfield Police Department has been arrested after a Grand Jury indicted him on federal firearms charges.
70-year-old Roy Ellis Hunter of Fairfield is charged on a two-count federal indictment that charges him as a convicted felon in illegal possession of almost 50 firearms. He was arraigned Friday, then released on bond.
Hunter was first arrested in July of 2015 after a joint raid by the ATF and ALEA at his home while he was employed as the custodian at the Fairfield Police Department, then released on bond. According to Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Hyche, Hunter illegally obtained the firearms, which were mainly handguns, from police evidence.
“Putting a stop to this flow of confiscated firearms into the community, no doubt, has had an effect on crime in the area,” Hyche said. “Firearms that had been used in crimes and recovered by police getting back into the hands of a convicted felon who was selling them had to be stopped as fast as possible. Stolen firearms in the hands of violent criminals are an enormous problem for us in Alabama and nationally, so we aggressively work these cases with our law enforcement partners,” he said.
Northern Alabama U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said this type of law enforcement work helps reduce violence in communities.
“Taking a convicted felon in control of a cache of firearms off the streets is the kind of law enforcement work that greatly reduces the threat of violence in our communities,” Vance said. “We should all appreciate the collaborative work of ATF and ALEA agents in investigating this case and bringing it forward for prosecution.”
The indictment aims to have Hunter forfeit the 46 firearms and five others to the government. The maximum penalty for the charge of felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.