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MESA, Ariz. – A former Marine told authorities he kept a cache of more than 40 pipe bombs in his Arizona home to please his wife, who believed they would be needed if the U.S. government collapsed, according to court documents released Friday.
Jeffrey Dennis Metcalf, 51, is facing 40 counts of manufacturing, selling and possessing prohibited weapons. He was released Thursday on $50,000 bond.
The article goes on to state the following:
Police discovered 41 pipe bombs in a cooler in Metcalf’s garage and one in a backyard trash can, the documents state, adding that components to make 30 more were found in his car.
ABC15 further reports:
On Wednesday, an Arizona Department of Public Safety led task force, including ATF agents and Phoenix police, conducted a traffic stop on 51-year-old Jeffrey Metcalf.
Police found bomb-making materials inside his vehicle and learned that Metcalf also had pipe bombs at his residence. Metcalf reportedly told officials that he intended to dispose all of them into an undisclosed body of water.
“This situation could’ve had tragic consequences had it not been for the excellent work of DPS detectives, our counterparts at Phoenix and Mesa Police along with ATF. The investigation was yet another shining example of the unparalleled cooperation we enjoy in Arizona between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies”, said Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Metcalf is facing 40 counts of prohibited weapons- manufacturing, possession, and selling charges.
“The cooperative efforts of the AZDPS task force worked quickly and decisively to ensure public safety was not compromised”, said ATF Phoenix Field Division Special Agent in Charge John Durastanti.
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