Colorado Man Arrested in Bombs-for-Drugs Plot

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According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver , a 35-year-old Colorado man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly attempting to trade improvised explosive devices for drugs or cash. Here are the details.

* Richard Lawrence Sandberg of Morrison was arrested by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. He is currently being held without bond, with a detention and preliminary hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

* Sandberg has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm (explosive device) which is not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

* The U.S. Attorney's Office stated that an investigation of Sandberg began when a confidential informant told a Denver Police detective that Sandberg possessed improvised explosive devices. The informant later introduced an undercover agent to Sandberg.

* After numerous phone conversations, the undercover agent and the confidential informant went to Sandberg's residence, where they were shown the IEDs, which Sandberg said he wanted to trade for cocaine or sell for $300 each.

* Sandberg claimed during the meeting that he was a former Marine, which is how he learned to make the IEDs. At that time, the attorney's office reported, he also made numerous threatening statements towards law enforcement and specifically the ATF.

* Sandberg reportedly gave the undercover agent three explosive devices containing explosive powder, a fuse, shrapnel and stainless steel ball bearings.

* While conducting the arrest and search of Sandberg's home, ATF agents and members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office cordoned off the area and removed multiple improvised explosive devices with the assistance of three different bomb squads, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.

* According to ABC's news affiliate, The Denver Channel , Sandberg and his wife live in a house next to a neighborhood park. Neighbors, when interviewed, expressed shock over the arrest.

* The Denver Channel also reported that according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the state, Sandberg ranted to the undercover agent during the investigation about President Barack Obama and the congressional Democrats and their proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines.

* The bomb squads participating in the removal of the devices included the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad, the Jefferson County Sheriff Bomb Squad and the Colorado Springs Regional Explosives Unit, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

* According to the ATF , the types of firearms that are required to be registered in the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record include machine guns and parts, silencers, short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns, destructive devices and any other weapon that fires projectiles by the action of an explosive.

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