A man was charged Tuesday with possessing five fully operational homemade bombs "and materials to make more," according to the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California.
Officers found a total of 49 firearms, including a replica of a World War II-era German MG-42 machine gun nicknamed "Hitler's buzzsaw."
Investigators found a mock credit card with "45" as its numbers and labels like "WHITE PRIVILEGE CARD" and "TRUMPS EVERYTHING"
A man was charged Tuesday with possessing five homemade bombs "and materials to make more," according to a criminal complaint from the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California.
Ian Rogers was charged after the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Napa County Sheriff's Office searched his home and his business, where law enforcement officials discovered a large gun safe containing the pipe bombs and other building material.
Officers found a total of 49 firearms, including a replica of a World War II-era German MG-42 machine gun that initially appeared to be capable of firing fully automatically. The belt-fed machine gun was nicknamed "Hitler's buzzsaw" capable of firing well over 1,000 rounds per minute.
Rogers, who admitted to making the bombs, said they were for entertainment. Bomb technicians from the Sheriff's Office found the devices were fully operational and "could cause great bodily harm ... if handled improperly," prosecutors said.
But FBI investigators said they found other evidence at the scene that indicates the bombs were "not just for entertainment purposes."
Investigators found copies of the US Army's Special Forces guide for unconventional warfare in addition and a guide on guerilla warfare.
Text messages also found on Rogers' phone also included violent statements, such as "I want to blow up a democrat building bad," as recently as January 10.
"We can attack Twitter and democrats easy right now burn they're s--- down," Rogers is alleged to have wrote.
"The democrats need to pay," another text message said. "Let's see what happens, if nothing does I'm going to war ... I hope 45 goes to war if he doesn't I will."
"45" is widely believed to refer to former President Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States. Investigators found a mock credit card with "45" as its numbers and labels like "WHITE PRIVILEGE CARD" and "TRUMPS EVERYTHING"
Rogers' text messages also indicated he was an ardent supporter of Trump, according to investigators. Rogers, who appeared to believe Trump had won the 2020 US presidential election, believed attacking institutions he thought were sympathetic to Democrats would "ensure Trump remained in office."
Rogers is being charged with an unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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