A recent Portland house raid led to a gun collection meticulously organized in a peculiar way.
When federal agents busted Gerald Leroy Barnes II at his East Portland home last month, they found $1,600, less than a pound of weed inside a safe, "a scale, money counter and small amount of drug packaging material," according to a felony criminal complaint filed April 27 in U.S. District Court in Portland.
"Barnes denied dealing drugs," an agent's affidavit notes. The April 12 raid included agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The complaint does not list a reason for the warrant.
In addition to the relatively small quantity of weed, the feds found an impressive gun collection in Barnes' house.
Inside the garage at the residence agents found a Remington Wingmaster 870, 20-gauge shotgun…that was sawed-off with a barrel length of approximately 12 1/2 inches, with an overall firearm length of approximately 24 1/2 inches. Under federal firearm laws, such a firearm is required to be registered with ATF in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Within the defendant's bedroom agents found a loaded 9mm handgun on the floor, a loaded .410 Taurus revolver on the floor, a loaded double-barrel coach shotgun behind the bedroom door, and loaded .357 caliber pistol in his dresser. In total, agents found 14 various firearms within the residence and garage.
Barnes was not merely an avid gun enthusiast, he was also, evidently, meticulous:
Barnes told the agents that he kept his "legal guns" in a safe inside his bedroom and that he kept the guns he got "on the street" elsewhere within the house and garage.
A place for everything, and everything in its place.
In a 2011 cover story, former WW reporter James Pitkin explained why street-bought weapons are often not at all illegal, and showed how easy they can be to obtain.
Barnes said the Remington Wingmaster 870 shotgun was sawed-off when he bought it and he never did any paperwork associated with it.
And it may be no wonder he never got around to the paperwork:
Barnes told agents that he is a Medical Marijuana card holder and that has been smoking marijuana every day since November/December of 2011.
For all that policework, however, prosecutors only found only one felony crime to charge Barnes with: unlawful possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.