MCFRS News Release

Investigators had Sought 18-year-old Bethesda Man

Explosives and Weapons Retrieved from Bethesda House

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.

Colin McKenzie-Gude, age 18, of the 6300 block of Rockhurst Road in Bethesda was charged and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  He turned himself in to police this afternoon, on Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

Fire and Explosive Investigators have recovered over 50 pounds of chemicals and several gallons of liquid material as well as other components commonly used to manufacture homemade explosives and other destructive devices. Police detectives on the other hand seized five (5) weapons, including illegally possessed assault rifles, one handgun, and ammunition.

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 charged 18-year-old Colin McKenzie-Gude, of Bethesda with possession and manufacture of destructive devices. 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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