Second Lt. Kofi Appiah-Mainoo has been accused and arrested for legally buying guns and then reselling them to people barred from owning them. The guns ended up in the hands of a drug trafficker in Washington D.C. After an FBI investigation, Appiah-Mainoo was arrested on October 28th, 2019. Convicted felon, James Hutchings Jr. was arrested the next day. Hutchings served as one of Appiah-Mainoo’s co-conspirators in the arms trafficking scheme.
The investigation was launched after multiple firearms were discovered in a Washington D.C. home of Linwood Douglas Thorne. In addition to the multiple firearms, an estimated $4 million dollars of heroin was found, according to The Washington Post. According to prosecutors, Thorne is a convicted felon and a “high-level narcotics trafficker in the D.C. area.” Three of the six guns that were found were purchased earlier in Columbus, Georgia by Appiah-Mainoo. Hutchings was the “vessel” that transferred the firearms into the hands of Thorne. The attorneys of Appiah-Mainoo and Hutchings did not respond to requests for comments.