MCFRS News Release

Explosives and Weapons Retrieved from Bethesda House

Investigators Seek 18-year-old Bethesda Man

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators and police detectives from the Montgomery County Police Firearms Investigative Unit have retrieved chemicals commonly used in the manufacturing of explosives and firearms from a Bethesda house.

Acting on a tip from a citizen to the Gaithersburg Police Department, Fire and Explosive Investigators (Bomb Squad) and police detectives obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 6300 block of Rockhurst Road in Bethesda. 

On Tuesday afternoon, July 29, 2008, shortly afternoon the warrant was served by Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators with the assistance of the Montgomery County Police Firearms Investigative Unit (Gun Unit), Montgomery County Sheriff Canine (K-9) Unit and patrol officers from Gaithersburg City Police Department. 

Fire and Explosive Investigators recovered and confiscated various chemicals and other components commonly used to manufacture homemade explosives and other destructive devices.  Police detectives seized five (5) weapons, including illegally possessed assault rifles, one handgun, and ammunition.

Fire and Explosive Investigators and detectives are in the process of obtaining a warrant for possession and manufacture of destructive devices for an 18-year-old white male from Bethesda, believed to be involved in this event.  Other charges may be forthcoming and pending.  The penalty for possession and manufacture of a destructive device is 25 years and/or $250,000 fine. 

The investigation is continuing.

 

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