Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the arrests for accusations of child neglect and drug distribution occurred in January 2020.
A Duncan couple previously charged with child neglect in a Xanax distribution case received a federal indictment for allegedly obtaining firearms through false statements.
Quianna Lorraine Varner, now 24, of Duncan, and Devin Michael Brisco, 20, of Duncan, each remain in the Stephens County Jail for previous charges of child neglect. Briscoe also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
The federal indictment came from a grand jury for the U.S. District Court Western District and charges Brisco as an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm and Varner for using false statements to acquire a firearm while also unlawfully using a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. In total, there are five counts listed between the couple. Briscoe is listed in two of them and Varner is listed in the remainder.
Each federal charge brings not more than 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both with no more than three years supervised release.
Indictment papers show Varner’s false statements allegedly took place Nov. 19, 2019; Nov. 27, 2019; and Dec. 26, 2019. The indictment states Varner allegedly “knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement” to the staff at the stores she visited, which was “intended and likely to deceive” because she “falsely represented that she was not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any other controlled substance, when in fact she is an unlawful user and abuser of the controlled substance marijuana.” She received a count for each accusation of false statements, paperwork shows.
Brisco’s charge revolves around the alleged possession of a Kahr .45 caliber pistol, which had previously crossed state lines, “with knowledge that he was an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance,” according to the indictment.
Both Varner and Brisco each were named in the fifth and final count, which regards the possession of a Century Arms International 7.62 x 38 caliber pistol while allegedly acting as an unlawful user of a controlled substance, the indictment states.
Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney previously confirmed his office arrested Varner and Brisco Jan. 29, 2020, for the local charges of child neglect and possession with intent to distribute. At that time, McKinney said his office responded to an assistance request from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Inside the home they allegedly found the illegally obtained guns, bullet holds in the wall, over 300 Xanax bars, a loaded and chambered Century Arms 7.62 MM and thousands of dollars in cash. At that time, McKinney said the charges of obtaining firearms illegally would still be handled federally under ATF.
In the Stephens County cases, both Varner and Brisco waived their right to a preliminary hearing. They were arraigned May 28 and set for trial with felony docket call at 9 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 with trial slated to begin 9 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020. They each remain in jail on a $200,000 bond.