When our readers think of criminal cases in Maryland that involve weapons, they probably think of guns or knives. They probably don't consider the fact that individuals who are alleged to be in possession of explosives may face weapons charges as well.
That is the case in Hagerstown, Maryland, where a 31-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with possession of explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device, as well as manufacture, transport, possession and storing a destructive device. In the immediate aftermath of this arrest, the suspect was being held without bond.
According to the reports, a search of a foreclosed residence lead to the discovery of a plastic bottle filled with some type of powder, as well as a fuse and ammunition. Law enforcement officials were reportedly able to identify the 31-year-old suspect as the former resident of the home. They then applied for an arrest warrant and took the man into custody at his place of employment.
The consequences for this suspect if he is convicted are potentially severe. The reports indicate that each of the two counts that this man faces has a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine. For now, this suspect is likely focused on planning his criminal defense strategy. As part of his strategy, it will probably become very important to focus on the various search warrants that were involved in the case, which included a search of the man's vehicle and a tent that he had set up at a campground.
If you are facing criminal charges, it may be wise to speak with an attorney to discuss your case.
Source: Herald-Mail Media, "Man arrested in Hagerstown explosives case," Dan Dearth, Aug. 4, 2017