Cosby man pleads guilty in firearms sale case

From Staff Reports


   GREENEVILLE -- A Cosby man entered a plea of guilty in U.S. District Court here on Monday involving the unlicensed sale of firearms at flea markets in East Tennessee, according to the United States Attorney's office in East Tennessee.
   United States Attorney Harry S. Mattice announced Tuesday that Clifford Hurst, 62, admitted that from Nov. 4, 2000 to May 2000 he willfully engaged in the business of dealing firearms while not being a licensed firearms dealer.
   Hurst reportedly offered for sale large quantities of handguns and long guns, as well as ammunition, at various flea markets.
   Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reportedly observed Hurst conducting sales at the I-81 Flea Market and the Morristown Stockyard Sales, both in Morristown, and the Telford Flea Market in Washington County.
   Agents and undercover informants working for the Bureau reportedly purchased more than 35 firearms from Hurst. Hurst did not have a license authorizing him to deal in firearms.
   Sentencing for Hurst is scheduled for Dec. 16. He is facing a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.