Two California Men Charged With Conspiracy To Destroy A Building Affect Interstate Commerce and Related Crimes

CALIFORNIA (July 16, 2021)–two California men have been charged with conspiracy to destroy a building affecting interstate commerce and related crimes.   Ian Rogers and Jarrod Copeland, are facing federal charges of conspiracy to destroy a building and related crimes, according to the indictments that were unsealed Thursday.  On January 15, 2021, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa Special Investigations Bureau, and the FBI executed a state search warrant at Ian ROGERS’s home and business in Napa County. Officers found a large gun safe at ROGERS’s business. Inside, the safe, officers recovered several guns and five pipe bombs. They also identified other materials that could be used to manufacture destructive devices, including black powder, pipes, endcaps, and manuals, including The Anarchist Cookbook, U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook,
and Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival.

Officers seized a total of 49 firearms from ROGERS’s home and business, and approximately two dozen ammunition boxes containing thousands of rounds of ammunition. Several of the firearms, including what appears to be a kit-built replica MG-42 belt-fed machine gun, appear to be capable of firing fully automatic.1 A firearms expert is examining those weapons to determine if they are machine guns.

The suspect admitted “In a post-arrest interview, ROGERS admitted that he had built the pipe bombs,
but said that they were for entertainment purposes only.”

Other items found during the search, as well as text messages recovered from ROGERS’s phone, indicate that the pipe bombs were not just for entertainment purposes. For example, among the manuals recovered from ROGERS’s business, in addition to those listed above, were what appear to be two copies of a U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to
Unconventional Warfare, and a U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook. Officers also found the following sticker on ROGERS’s vehicle:

No photo description available.

Copeland is expected to be in court in San Francisco on July 20, and Rogers will be in court on July 30. Rogers, 44, of Napa, had been arrested after sheriff’s deputies and federal agents, acting on an anonymous tip, found a cache of weapons at his home and auto repair shop, including at least eight illegal guns, five pipe bombs, thousands of rounds of ammunition, materials to make weapons, and manuals such as “The Anarchist Cookbook,” “U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook,” and “Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival,” reports KCRA.

Both men face:

Maximum Penalties:
10 years prison
3 years supervised release following incarceration
$10,000 fine
$100 special assessment

Read the entire Indictment here.

Source: FBI and NBC

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